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2023 UK Forum

Overcoming diabetes inequalities


This event was an opportunity for healthcare professionals, policy makers, researchers, and NHS commissioners to meet with one another, take stock of the activities happening around the UK, upskill, and work together to improve diabetes and related disease outcomes for people of Black, Black African, and Black Caribbean heritage in the UK.

Event speakers

Dr Bernadette Adeyileka-Tracz

Executive Director, Diabetes Africa, UK

Dr Bernadette Adeyileka-Tracz (MPharm, PhD, PGCert) is a registered pharmacist with a PhD in molecular biology and bioinformatics, and is an Executive MBA candidate. Bernadette 10 years of experience across multiple sectors and industries, including medical affairs management roles in the pharmaceutical industry. Bernadette is the Founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Diabetes Africa.

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Charles Kwaku-Odoi

Chief Executive, Caribbean & African Health Network, UK

Charles is Chief Executive of the Caribbean & African Health Network (CAHN). He is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Greater Manchester, an honorary member of the esteemed Faculty of Public Health (FPH), and the Ecumenical Canon of Manchester Cathedral.

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Don Shenker

Commissioning Manager (Long Term Conditions), South East London ICB, UK

Don is currently a Commissioning Manager (Long Term Conditions) for South East London ICB, leading on diabetes and obesity. Previously, he led on diabetes transformation for the Health Innovation Network from 2017-2020.

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Douglas Twenefour

Specialist Dietitian, Head of Care, Diabetes UK,

Douglas Twenefour is a Specialist Dietitian with over 15 years of clinical experience. He is Head of Care at Diabetes UK, and an Associate Lecturer at London Metropolitan University.

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Dr Alistair Lumb

Consultant Diabetes/AGM, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Co-Chair of the Diabetes Technology, Network, UK

Dr Lumb is a Consultant in Diabetes and Acute General Medicine at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Dr Chris Manu

Consultant Diabetologist and General Medicine, King’s College Hospital NHS Trust Foundation, UK

Chris has been a Consultant Diabetologist at King’s since 2016. But even while undertaking his specialist training, he has been involved in several service improvement projects within the South East London (SEL) area, as well as setting up new foot care pathways.

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Dr Faye Ruddock

Chair, Caribbean & African Health Network, UK

Faye is Chair of the Caribbean & African Health Network. The national Black led network is a thriving one that seeks to address health inequities and one that operates to influence policy and practice for the Black community.

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Dr Hibbah Osei-Kwasi

Lecturer in Nutrition, Loughborough University, UK

Hibbah is a public health nutrition academic with specialist research interests in dietary behaviours and behaviour change interventions for people of African and Caribbean origin, with about 16 years of research experience working in Ghana, Kenya and with African and Caribbean communities in Europe.

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Dr Jenny Teke

Head of Research & Innovation, , Medway NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Dr Jennifer Teke, is Head of Research and Innovation in Medway Foundation Trust with over twenty years career in health care nationally and internationally.

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Meera Ladwa, Newham University Hospital

Dr Meera Ladwa

Clinical Lead for Type 1, Transition & Young Adult Diabetes, Newham University Hospital, UK

Meera Ladwa (MRCP, PhD) works as a specialty clinician for Barts NHS Trust and leads the Young Adult Diabetes service at Newham University Hospital, London, UK.

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Dr Renuka Dias

Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, UK

Renuka Dias is a Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist based in Birmingham Children’s Hospital and an honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. She is the Clinical Lead for Paediatric Diabetes service and the National Highly Specialised Service for Wolfram Syndrome (Children) in Birmingham.

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Dr Roxanne Crosby-Nwaobi

Lead Nurse for Research, Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK

Roxanne is a postdoctoral ophthalmic nurse researcher, lead nurse for research at Moorfields Eye Hospital, an honorary Associate Professor at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and an NIHR/HEE Clinical Lecturer.

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Dr Thomas Barber

Associate Clinical Professor in Endocrinology and Diabetes, University of Warwick, UK

Dr. Barber is an Associate Professor and Consultant Endocrinologist at the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW).

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Grace Vanterpool

Consultant Nurse in Diabetes, Diabetes Integrated Care Ealing, UK

Grace Vanterpool has been a nurse for over 45 years, and has worked as a Consultant Nurse in Diabetes for over 18 years. With experience practicing in both primary community and secondary healthcare settings, and lecturing on diabetes in universities.

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Modupe Peters, Food for Purpose

Modupe Peters

Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Lead, Food for Purpose, UK

Modupe Peters is a registered dietitian with over 20 years working in the NHS. She is a Diabetes expert with vast experience working in hospitals and in the community with BAME populations, especially Black African – Caribbeans.

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Gideon Mlawa, Queens Hospital Romford

Prof. Gideon Mlawa

Consultant Physician in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Queens Hospital Romford, UK

Prof. Gideon Mlawa MD MRCPUK, SCE graduated in Trakia University Bulgaria. He further specialised in Endocrinology & Diabetes/General Internal Medicine in UK with both the Wessex and London Deaneries.

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Prof. Louise Goff

Professor of Nutrition Science, University of Leicester, UK

Louise is an academic dietitian and Professor of Nutrition Science at Leicester Diabetes Research Centre. She specialises in the role of diet and lifestyle in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes, with a particular interest in tackling health inequalities among minority ethnic groups.

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Prof. Partha Kar

National Speciality Advisor-Diabetes, NHS England, UK

Professor Partha Kar is National Specialty Advisor, Diabetes with NHS England and co-author of the national Diabetes GIRFT report.

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Ruth Jordan

Lead for Spread and Scale, Dragon’s Heart Institute, UK

Ruth is a quality improvement specialist with over 20 years of experience in the South Wales health system. She started her career as a physiotherapist, but has since transitioned to managing major improvement and transformation programmes across a wide range of service areas.

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Shola Oladipo, Food for Purpose

Shola Oladipo

Registered Dietitian, CEO Food for Purpose, UK

Shola Oladipo is a registered dietitian and CEO of Food For Purpose (FFP) a non-profit organisation that delivers practical solutions for eating, living & functioning. With over 25 years of dietetic experience in NHS primary and secondary care, private health and the food industry.

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Joan St John

Dr Joan St John

GPwER Diabetes, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, UK

Dr Joan St John is a General Practitioner (GP) with special interest in diabetes, and is currently working as GP Clinical lead in Diabetes for an area of North-West London, UK. She also works as part of the multi-disciplinary award-winning Brent Integrated Diabetes Service. Summary

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Prof. Jason Gill, University of Glasgow

Prof. Jason Gill

School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health, University of Glasgow, UK

Jason Gill is Professor of Cardiometabolic Health in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He leads an active multi-disciplinary research group investigating the effects of lifestyle on the prevention and management of vascular and metabolic diseases.

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About this event

If you care for people living with diabetes, this event is for you.

Dr Bernadette Adeyileka-Tracz

The Diabetes Africa UK Forum ‘Overcoming Diabetes Inequalities’ took place on 23 November 2023 in London. The forum provided health and social care professionals, policy-makers, researchers, and health commissioners with an opportunity to meet with one another, take stock of the activities happening around the UK, exchange knowledge and seek opportunities to work together to improve diabetes and related disease outcomes for people of Black heritage.

Further information

27 speakers engaged with participants over 14 sessions, with interactive panel discussions covering some of the hottest topics in diabetes care.

Coming from a range of backgrounds, speakers and participants shared insights to improve outreach, diagnosis and treatment among Black communities. In addition to clinical education, the programme included policy-oriented and strategic topics, such as the creation and scaling-up of culturally-appropriate diabetes and obesity programmes. We designed sessions to be both informative and interactive, with audience participation.

In the post-event survey, participants gave the relevance of the programme an average rating of 4.8 out of 5.

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