Regional Meeting Yorkshire 2020 Speakers

Professor Ramzi Ajjan
Professor of Metabolic Medicine, Leeds University & Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Dr Belinda Allan
Clinical Lead for Diabetes, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHST
Dr Belinda Allan is clinical lead for diabetes and endocrinology at Hull University Hospitals NHS Trust where she has worked as an NHS Consultant for 17 years. Her specialist interests are inpatient diabetes including pre-hospital care,  and diabetes in pregnancy. Belinda has worked as a consultant within the Medical Obstetric Team since her appointment in Hull in 2003, and has seen the impact of the rising prevalence of gestational diabetes on maternity services in that time, and the challenges of providing optimum care for women with pre-existing diabetes. We enter an exciting era in broadening access to technologies that should advance the care of women with type 1 diabetes to achieve better outcomes in pregnancy. Belinda will explore the impact of the Maternity Services Review on delivering care to women with diabetes in pregnancy, and the challenges that remain in better preparing women to achieve a healthy pregnancy. Belinda is a member of the Joint British Diabetes Societies Inpatient Group and co-authored guidance on admission avoidance in diabetes for the JBDS-IP; she is also a member of ABCD.

Vicki Clancey
Diabetes Specialist Nurse, York Teaching Hospitals NHSFT
Vik works as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse at York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; she has worked in Diabetes for over 25 years, and is a non-medical prescriber. During her time as a Specialist Nurse, Vik has had many roles including research, education and has a great passion for, and was one of the main initiators of the development of the transition service for 18-25 year olds. Most recently, Vik has been involved in the Diabetes Specialist Outreach team. This is a project funded by the Department of Health to improve the care of people with diabetes in the Scarborough and York area. Focusing on those at high risk of complications despite accessing usual care or because they are disengaged from usual services - people that are hard-to-reach.  The team, (GP, DSN, Psychologist and Diabetes Support Worker) have been looking at why current treatments may have been ineffective, and offering periods if intensive support.

Dr Dorothy J. Frizelle
Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist, Director, ACP-UK
Dorothy is a Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist and Head of Psychology Services for Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The service delivers psychological consultation, supervision, teaching and clinical interventions to patients and families across a range of medical specialties, including paediatric and adult diabetes and across community, hospital in-patient and out-patient settings. Her clinical practice area is with adults with diabetes and she has a particular interest in patient engagement and the interface between behavioural and pharmacological treatment approaches. She is currently a member of the UK NICE Diabetes Guideline Update Committee. Dorothy is a Board Member for the UK Association of Clinical Psychologists; she is past Chair for the Faculty for Clinical Health Psychology, UK and has served on the committee for the past 20 years; she was a member of the British Psychological Society’s working party for End of Life Care and past Faculty Member for the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR). She is a regular reviewer of submitted articles related to behavioural aspects of LTC’s for several high impact journals. She has published articles in a number of academic journals and abstracts for medical conferences and regularly undertakes national and international teaching for MDT colleagues. 
Dorothy can be contacted via and via Twitter @DFrizelle

Dr Rajiv Gandhi
Clinical Director & Consultant Physician, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield

Mrs Tara Kadis
Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse, York Teaching Hospitals NHSFT
Tara is Lead Nurse for Diabetes and Endocrinology with York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; she has worked in Diabetes for over 25 years, is a non-medical prescriber and has had the opportunity to work in both Leeds Teaching Hospitals and with Mid Yorkshire NHS trust in the past. She leads the Diabetes and Endocrine Nursing Service across the area of York and Scarborough and has been instrumental in the integration of the community and specialist Diabetes services across the area.Tara leads in Group education for people with diabetes and in the training and development of other healthcare staff having recently developed a teaching package for care home support workers to enhance their knowledge and skills in diabetes management. She sites on various advisory boards producing guidelines on the therapeutic approaches to the management of diabetes.

Dr Dinesh Nagi
Diabetologist & Chair of ABCD
Dinesh Nagi is a Consultant Physician with interests in diabetes & endocrinology at the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, based at Edna Coates Diabetes and Endocrine Unit Pinderfields Hospital. He was clinical lead in Diabetes & Endocrinology at the MYT between 2002 and 2011. He served as a member of The RCP Council representing Diabetes UK, Association of British Clinical Diabetologist (ABDC) and Society of Endocrinology.  His other major interests are around service developments in Diabetes having lead the development and implementation of the Innovative Redesign of Diabetes service supporting primary Care. He is outgoing clinical Lead and Director of Wakefield and North Kirklees Eye screening programme for last 10 years. He has long term interest in application of exercise and sports in Type1 and Type 2 Diabetes.  He was appointed to  the Chair of Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD) in May 2017.

Dr David Powell
GP & Lead for Scarborough Diabetes Specialist Outreach Service

Dr Bob Ryder
Consultant Physician, City Hospital Birmingham & Clinical Lead, Nationwide Audits of New Diabetes Therapies, ABCD
Bob Ryder trained in South Wales and Sheffield.  He has worked as a Consultant Physician/Diabetologist/Endocrinologist, City Hospital, Birmingham since 1991. Over the years special interests have included diabetic retinopathy screening; diabetic hypoglycaemia unawareness; diabetic autonomic neuropathy; diabetic impotence; clinical use of IT; treating to target; relative risks and benefits of pioglitazone He leads the ABCD nationwide audits of new therapies and devices – current/imminent audits include SGLT2i, liraglutide, exenatide qw, IDegLira, degludec, FreeStyle Libre, semaglutide, testosterone, closed-loop systems.  He is chief investigator of two ABCD Endobarrier studies (, Beyond diabetes he is best known as principle author of best-selling "An Aid to the MRCP Short Cases", the 4th-edition of which is the three volume “An Aid to the MRCP PACES”.

Dr Chris Walton
Clinical Lead for Diabetes within the Yorkshire & Humber Cardiovascular Strategic Clinical Network
Dr Chris Walton is a Consultant  Diabetologist In Hull  with a special interest in the provision of services to the whole diabetes community in all settings. A previous Chair of the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists he is currently Clinical Lead for Diabetes within the Yorkshire and Humber NHS Clinical Network  promoting the role out of diabetes technology and of dietary programs to reverse Type 2 diabetes throughout the region.

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