A DOCTOR has been appointed as a diabetes ‘champion’ after a national search for experts by charity Diabetes UK.
Dr Kevin Fernando, GP partner at North Berwick Health Centre in East Lothian, is one of only 20 Diabetes UK local clinical champions to be chosen from across the country, whose role will be to act as catalysts for change to improve the quality of diabetes care locally.
He said: “New cases of type 2 diabetes and its complications are rapidly increasing throughout Scotland and GPs and nurses are seeing more and more patients who have the condition.
The management of type 2 diabetes has become increasingly complex, requiring almost specialist levels of knowledge.
“As part of my new role as a Diabetes UK champion, I will be setting up a new training programme to educate healthcare professionals in all major aspects of diabetes management.”
The champions’ job will also include working with commissioners and providers of healthcare at all levels to improve the quality and consistency of diabetes services.
A key aspect of this task will be continuing to integrate care services so that they can work together to provide patient-centred support to diabetes sufferers, in the right place, at the right time.
Dr Fernando, who is diabetes lead GP for East Lothian and Midlothian, recently completed a masters degree in diabetes, passing with distinction.
He was also elected to fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for his work in diabetes professional education.
David Small, the joint director of health and social care, East Lothian, said: “We are extremely pleased that Dr Fernando has been selected as a diabetes champion.
“He is a well-respected GP and contributes hugely to improving the health of his patients in North Berwick and in East Lothian.
“We look forward to working with him to maximise the impact of his new role.”