I qualified from University College Hospital, London. At an early stage in my career I moved to the Midlands and by good fortune was offered a part time job as a clinical assistant in the Diabetes Clinic at the General Hospital, Birmingham. This led to a lifelong passion for diabetes, a specialty I have now been working in for 40 years. After specialist training at the General Hospital and at Northampton General Hospital, I was a consultant physician with a special interest in diabetes in Northampton from 1995 until 2013, when I moved from secondary care to the Northamptonshire community diabetes team. I was a committee member of the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists for 9 years and, having co-authored the 2016 ABCD document ‘Standards of Care for management of Adults with Type 1 Diabetes’, I edited the recently launched 2020 update of this document.
In partnership with Charles Fox I have written books for people with diabetes - Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Answers at Your Fingertips (question and answer books) and Type 2 Diabetes for Adults of All Ages.
I remain committed to supporting people with type 1 diabetes to self-manage and am a faculty member of the Knuston Hall Diabetes Counselling and Empowerment course, which has now been running for over 30 years and teaches health care professionals how to empower people with diabetes.