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NHS Highland podiatrist selected as a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion

NHS Highland podiatrist selected as a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion

Inverness local, Fiona Main, is a Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist who was chosen to represent Scotland in the Clinical Champion programme for her passion and commitment to excellence in diabetes care.  She has worked for NHS Highland for 23 years and is currently based at The Diabetes Institute, a Centre of Excellence at the Centre for Health Science based at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. 

As a Clinical Champion, Fiona will join the two-year leadership development programme supported by Diabetes UK. Through her training, she will identify areas in need of improvement and push for changes to improve the care that people in Scotland receive.

Fiona Main, Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist at NHS Highland, said:
“The Clinical Champion role will enable me to continue the high quality work that podiatry offers in foot ulcer prevention in diabetes. My overall aim is to work with all healthcare professionals and patients to reduce amputation in diabetes in a remote and rural region.

“I plan to deliver the CPR for Feet (Check Protect Refer) for in-patients across NHS Highland; a campaign initially launched by The Scottish Diabetes Foot Action Group. This is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of caring for feet as well as motivate and champion nurses in delivering foot checks, protecting at-risk feet and referring foot concerns early to podiatry.”

Fiona is one of 20 UK healthcare professionals, including consultants, nurses, GPs, dietitians, podiatrists and pharmacists, to be appointed as one of the charity’s Clinical Champions this year.

Linda McGlynn, Regional Engagement Manager at Diabetes Scotland, said:
“Diabetes is the fastest growing health crisis of our time; affecting more people than any other serious health condition in Scotland. Investing in diabetes care will help reduce the devastating complications that can result from poor management of the condition, bringing health and economic benefits.

“Champions like Fiona play a critical role in improving the services people with diabetes receive, and contribute massively to our vision of creating a world where diabetes can do no harm.”

The award-winning Clinical Champions programme was launched by Diabetes UK in 2014, in partnership with Novo Nordisk. There are now 65 champions across the UK who have access to a network of like-minded clinicians with who they can share expertise and experience.

If you are interested in becoming a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion for the 2018-2020 intake please contact clinicalchampions@diabetes.org.uk or call 020 7424 1896. 


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