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Diabetes on the Net is intended for healthcare professionals

An hour-long interactive webinar (now on-demand)

Webinar 1


Webinar 2

Addressing ethnic & cultural inequalities in healthcare - a primary care perspective

This virtual broadcast series has been funded by Boehringer Ingelheim. Boehringer Ingelheim has had no editorial input into, or influence over, the content of the webinar. PCDS is solely responsible for the content of the webinar and the selection of speakers.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals (HCPs) are faced with the challenge of ensuring people with diabetes have timely access to gold-standard care, while also protecting this vulnerable population from COVID-related risks. The recent situation has also led to increased focus on the inequalities that exist in healthcare, and how primary care HCPs can help to improve these.

The first broadcast chaired by Clare Hambling a GP from Norfolk and Chair of the Primary Care Diabetes Society, will summarise the key recommendations from the recent PCDS statement on delivering optimum diabetes care at a time when people with diabetes face particular ongoing risks as a result of COVID-19.

In the second broadcast chaired by Stephen Lawrence, a GPwSI and Primary Care Clinical Lead from Chatham, there will be a discussion on the health inequalities facing people with diabetes that have been uncovered and even exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic – including inequity of access to healthcare, and the increased risks faced by people living in socially deprived areas and black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) populations.

Webinar 1

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PCDS COVID-19 Statement

This video was originally broadcast on 10 June 2021. Please note that the speaker is not able to answer questions from attendees watching the video on-demand.


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Question Time debate

COVID-19 and diabetes: Update for primary care in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Webinar 2

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Addressing ethnic & cultural inequalities in healthcare – a primary care perspective

This video was originally broadcast on 17 June 2021. Please note that the speaker is not able to answer questions from attendees watching the video on-demand.


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Question Time debate

Addressing ethnic and cultural inequalities in healthcare – a primary care perspective


Sarah Ali

Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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Sarah Davies

GP Partner, Cardiff

Sarah Davies is a GP Partner in Cardiff with a special interest in diabetes, and is passionate about general practice, particularly great quality diabetes care in the primary care setting.

She qualified at the University of Wales College of Medicine in 2003 and initially trained as a physician with a view to becoming an endocrinologist, before making the excellent move into general practice. She has never looked back! Sarah has continued to develop her interest in diabetes, and presents regularly on the subject to colleagues at local and national meetings. This allows her to indulge her passion for public speaking, share her enthusiasm for the subject and promote her aim that all healthcare professionals in primary care should have access to appropriately targeted diabetes education.

She is the Clinical Director for Diabetes in Primary Care for Cardiff and Vale UHB, a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion and a presenter for NB Medical Education’s Hot Topics, leading their diabetes course.

Jane Diggle

Specialist Diabetes Nurse Practitioner, West Yorkshire
Jane Diggle qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Nursing in 1990 (Leeds) and has worked as a Practice Nurse in the same practice for over 20 years. She retains a generalist role but has a special interest in diabetes for which she is Clinical Lead. She is an independent prescriber and has gained distinctions in MSc modules in Insulin Management and New and Advanced Therapies from Leicester University. Jane was elected to the PCDS Committee in 2010 and became joint Co-Vice Chair in 2016. She is Associate Editor-in-Chief for Diabetes & Primary Care, regularly publishes articles and was instrumental in developing and writing Six Steps to Insulin Safety (a free e-learning module available at Jane is also an Associate of TREND-UK and a founding Board member of Injection Technique Matters – an organisation striving to promote and support best practice injection technique in diabetes (

Kevin Fernando

GP Partner, North Berwick

Kevin is a part-time GP Partner & GP Educational Supervisor working at the coalface in North Berwick Health Centre, near Edinburgh. Kevin is also Scottish lead of the Primary Care Diabetes Society and an observer member of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society. Other roles include RCGP Clinical Advisor for Diabetes & Multimorbidity and also Education Director for GPNotebook Education.

Kevin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2000 and holds both MRCGP and MRCP(UK) qualifications and has completed a Master’s degree in diabetes which he passed with distinction.

Kevin has been elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and also the Academy of Medical Educators for his work in diabetes and medical education.

Clare Hambling (Chair)

GP, West Norfolk

Clare Hambling is a GP with a passionate interest in diabetes. She is Chair of the West Norfolk Diabetes Network and a member of the programme board for the East Anglia Diabetes Retinal Screening Service. She is an active contributor to the Eastern Academic Health Science Network’s Diabetes Projects Group, providing a primary care perspective on the development of an integrated “hypo pathway” for the whole of the East of England.

Working in West Norfolk, Clare has developed a particular interest in diabetes management in older people. She has recently received a Quality Improvement Award from the East Anglia Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners for a locality-wide project aimed at reducing overtreatment and hypoglycaemia risk among older people with type 2 diabetes.

Clare also has an interest in education and evidenced-based practice. She is a Senior GP Tutor for the University of Cambridge and a Clinical Adviser for the to the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Stephen Lawrence (Chair)

Primary Care Clinical Lead, Chatham

Stephen Lawrence is a Primary Care Clinical Lead in Chatham. He graduated from Leeds University Medical School in 1987. His interest in metabolic medicine was awakened when he completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemical Pathology during his intercalated year. He has previously worked as a Medical Advisor for Prisons at the Department of Health, where he participated in an award-winning prison diabetes study. His interests include critical appraisal of evidence-based medicine and diabetes commissioning and service development. He has presented to healthcare audiences throughout the UK and beyond.

In 2003, Stephen was instrumental in establishing an intermediate-care GP with a Special Interest in Diabetes clinic in Medway in answer to the burgeoning burden of diabetes referrals to the local Medway Maritime Hospital. He has written articles on the evolving role of community-based diabetes care. He trains healthcare professionals wishing to advance to supplementary or independent prescribing status. In addition, he has served in a joint role of Primary Care Medical Advisor for Diabetes UK and Clinical Diabetes Lead for the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Nicola Milne

Community DSN​, Manchester

Nicola qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1988 and as a Midwife in 1991, moving into primary care in 2002, where she worked as a Practice Nurse for sixteen years until April 2018. As a practice nurse Nicola whilst retaining a generalist role, had a special interest in diabetes, with a key focus on ensuring effective, accessible care.

Nicola is now employed by Manchester University Foundation Trust as a Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse working within primary care to give support and education to all HCP in the delivery of optimal diabetes care to those adults living with type 2 diabetes.

Valuing engagement and the sharing of good practice, Nicola has presented poster abstracts at PCDS, Diabetes UK and EASD Conferences. She has become increasingly involved in educational activities supporting community nurses and has published articles on her work in chronic kidney disease and diabetes and on projects involved in diabetes prevention, pregnancy and hypoglycaemia awareness. Nicola was Chair of the Diabetes UK Professional Conference Organising Committee for Liverpool 2019, and currently a Committee Member of the Primary Care Diabetes Society, a faculty member of At The 4FRONT Nurse Leaders Academy and on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Diabetes and Primary Care and The Journal of Diabetes Nursing. Nicola is also a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion.

Nicola is committed to the value of all primary care HCPs as first point of contact and believes the development of all roles, in partnership with the multidisciplinary team, is crucial in supporting prevention, education and optimal management of diabetes.

Sam Seidu

 GP, Leicester​

Dr Samuel Seidu is a practising GP, a primary care research fellow in diabetes at the University of Leicester and an Honorary Primary Care Lecturer at the Leicester Diabetes Centre. He is head of Research for Primary Care Diabetes Europe (PCDE) and also chairs the PCDE study group of European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD).

Dr Seidu acts as a reviewer for several high-impact peer-reviewed journals including Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, Diabetic Medicine, BMJ and the European Journal of Medical Informatics. He is also an associate editor for Primary Care Diabetes Journal and member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Australian Family Practice journal and reviews abstracts related to diabetes submitted for national and international conferences.

As a member of the Primary Care Academy of Diabetes Specialists in the UK, he liaises nationwide with other leading GPs with an interest in diabetes, to foster understanding on the key elements essential for delivering a diabetes service and the potential challenges involved.

He is currently a Clinical Lead and mentor for diabetes in Leicester city and is involved in the design and re-configuration of diabetes care in Leicester alongside other clinical leads in primary and secondary care.

This virtual broadcast series has been funded by Boehringer Ingelheim. Boehringer Ingelheim has had no editorial input into, or influence over, the content of the webinar. PCDS is solely responsible for the content of the webinar and the selection of speakers.

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