A consultant at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been appointed as a diabetes ‘champion’ after a national search for experts in the field by charity Diabetes UK.
Dr Ryan D’Costa, consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, is one of only 20 Diabetes UK Local Clinical Champions appointed across the United Kingdom. His role will be to act as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of diabetes care locally.
Dr D’Costa said: “I am delighted and feel privileged to have been chosen to undertake this important role. I look forward to working with Diabetes UK, our local commissioners and service providers as well as our well established local Diabetes Network to improve the overall care for people with Diabetes across the district.”
One of the areas Dr D’Costa intends to focus on during this two year appointment is the care of elderly people with diabetes who live in care homes.
He said: “People over the age of 80 have a one in five chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes and it is recognised that having diabetes doubles the chances of needing care as you grow older. Through education and support of their carers we can improve their overall diabetes care as well as avoiding unnecessary admissions to hospitals.”
Dr D’Costa is also keen to build on the good work that is already underway across the district by using his links with Diabetes UK to evaluate a number of projects and look at any improvements that can be made.
These include well-established specialist services such as multi-disciplinary foot clinics, including a community-based Foot Protection Team, diabetes inpatient services, antenatal care and an outreach clinic in Wakefield Prison.
Anne Marie Seymour, Clinical Director at the Trust, said: “This is a fantastic appointment for Dr D’Costa and provides a great opportunity to improve the quality of diabetes services in the area for our patients.”
Stephen Ryan, Diabetes UK’s Regional Manager for the north of England said: “Clinical Champions are vital to enhancing diabetes care across local health systems. We’re very pleased to welcome Dr D’Costa and I look forward to what we can achieve in improving the lives of those living with diabetes in Mid-Yorkshire.”
Novo Nordisk are providing support and funding for the Diabetes UK project.