Improving care pathways for people with diabetes

Build consensus, share knowledge, improve outcomes

Our Mission

Insights for Diabetes Excellence, Access and Learning was established to review current practice across the NHS, in order to assess and recommend innovative ways to improve care pathways for people with diabetes in four key areas:

“I fully support the things iDEAL are doing. This is great work in turning ideas into national policy

Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Diabetes

Advisory Group

The iDEAL Advisory Group comprises of a group of multidisciplinary diabetes specialists with a keen interest in improving diabetes care outcomes across the UK. It has significant multidisciplinary expertise across diabetes management, medicine, pharmacy, technology, nursing, psychology, commissioning and the perspective of living with diabetes.

John Grumitt

CEO of Changing Health, Chair of IDEAL Group, Vice President of Diabetes UK, Trustee of C3 Collaborating for Health

John Grumitt is Chief Executive of Changing Health, one of the country’s leading developers and providers of evidenced based digital education and supported self- management. He is also Vice President of Diabetes UK and a trustee of C3 Collaborating for Health.

Anita Beckwith

Clinical Lead Dietitian (Diabetes) at King’s College Hospital, London

Anita Beckwith leads the Diabetes Specialist Dietitian Team and DAFNE services at Kings College Hospital. Her practice is heavily embedded within the National DAFNE Consortium, sitting on both the Executive and Education boards. Her roles have enabled her special interest in therapeutic patient education for intensified insulin therapies to develop within both the clinical and academic environments.

Dr Naresh Kanumilli

General Practitioner with Special Interest in Diabetes (GpwSI), Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, Lead for GM SCN, GMCRN Primary Care research lead for Diabetes, Consultant Diabetes Manchester

Naresh is a GP in a large practice in South Manchester and has been the GPwSI in Manchester for over 12 years. He is also the Long Term Conditions Lead for South Manchester CCG and has been involved in the development of services and protocols to improve the outcomes for people with diabetes.

Naresh’s motto for people with diabetes is “No Medication without Education”.

Charles Odiase

Consultant Pharmacist in Primary Care and Diabetes Dacorum GP Federation (Lead Clinical Pharmacist) DUK Clinical Champion DUK Primary Care Course Co-chair DUK Professional Conference Organising Committee member.

Charles E. Odiase is a Consultant Pharmacist in Primary care and Diabetes (lead Clinical Pharmacist). He is a trained advanced practitioner in urgent primary care from De-Monfort University. He also gained his masters degree specialist training in diabetes, obesity and related endocrine conditions from the University of Leicester, undertaken at the world renowned Leicester diabetes centre (LDC). He holds a masters degree in clinical pharmacy (hospital) from the University of Bradford and independent prescribing certificate from the University of Reading. Charles was part of the Leicester 2016 EDEN team that designed and delivered primary care specific diabetes training to pharmacists in and around Leicester.

Over the years he has gained clinical experiences as a hospital, community, CCG MOT, and General Practice Pharmacist. He has also supported pharmacists’ training and development as an undergraduate student mentor for the Bradford University school of pharmacy, and also as a postgraduate diploma tutor for the Bath University school of pharmacy. His career goal is to empower pharmacists with the skills and knowledge to be able to develop community services especially in the area of obesity and diabetes preventive, curative, and chronic management, that are safe, cost-effective and reproducible across the UK. He is an advocate of pharmacists being at the centre and forefront of UK healthcare delivery.

Charles is one of the very few diabetes UK Clinical Champions with a pharmacy background. He is also a DUK Primary Care Course Co-chair and DUK Professional Conference Organising Committee member.

Professor Anne Phillips

Associate Professor in Diabetes Care & National Teaching Fellow, Birmingham

Anne Phillips is a Queens Nurse and a National Teaching Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. Anne works as an Associate Professor in Diabetes Care in Birmingham. After a career in specialist and community diabetes nursing in London and Yorkshire, Anne worked with colleagues at the University of York and established a countrywide and international collaborative curriculum for Health Professionals in Diabetes Care.

Professor Christopher Price 

FRCPath, Emeritus Professor in Clinical Biochemistry at Queen Mary, University of London

Professor Christopher Price is an Emeritus Professor in Clinical Biochemistry at Queen Mary, University of London. He was previously a member of the NIHR-funded Diagnostic Evidence Cooperative, and an Honorary Senior Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford.

 Professor Michael Edmonds

Professor of Diabetic Foot Medicine, King’s College London, Consultant Physician, King’s College Hospital, London, UK

Michael Edmonds is professor of Diabetic Foot Medicine, King’s College London, and consultant physician, King’s College Hospital, London, UK

Dr Yvonne Doherty

Clinical Psychologist in Diabetes Care, York Diabetes Service

Dr Yvonne Dohert is Clinical Psychologist in Diabetes Care, York Diabetes Service.

Dr Patrick Holmes

Part-time GPwSI Diabetes in the Derwentside area of County Durham, Local CCG Diabetes Lead, Part-time NIHR CRN Primary Care Diabetes Lead for the North-East. Committee Member of Primary Care Diabetes Society.

Dr Patrick Homes is Part-time GPwSI Diabetes visiting a number of medical practices in the Derwentside area of County Durham. He has also been the local CCG diabetes lead for the past 12 years. Part-time NIHR CRN Primary Care Diabetes Lead for the North-East. Committee Member of Primary Care Diabetes Society.

The iDEAL Group is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Ascensia Diabetes Care.

Published February 2020: ACT NOW! Diabetes and Foot Care Assessment and Referral


Professor Michael Edmonds, Professor Anne Phillips, John Grumitt, Charles Odiase, Dr Patrick Holmes, Helen Halloum, Anita Beckwith, Dr Yvonne Doherty.

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Published October 2019: iDEAL group position statement

Invigorating Diabetes Health Professional Education to meet Service and Individualised Needs


Professor Anne Phillips, Anita Beckwith, Dr Yvonne Doherty, John Grumitt, Helen Halloum,
Dr Patrick Holmes and Charles Odiase

This position paper emphasizes the need for constant evidence-based educational opportunities to be available and accessible, via a variety of means, to ensure health care practitioners (HCPs) can maintain currency and deliver evidence- based diabetes care wherever they practice. Enabling partnership approaches to deliver individualised care while working with people with diabetes (PwD). This echoes a key aim of the White Paper published by iDEAL on World Diabetes Day 2018 (Grumitt et al, 2018).

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White Paper: Tackling the biggest challenges in diabetes care – together

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There are clear and unacceptable variations in the quality and processes of diabetes care delivered on a local and regional level across the UK. Deficiencies in four key areas must be addressed to improve outcomes:

  • Lack of relevant key performance indicators
  • Accountability and benchmarking
  • Value and quality in blood glucose monitoring
  • Education and the digital age

The iDEAL Group’s new White Paper, Current Challenges in Diabetes Care and How to Address Them, systematically evaluates these issues.

It introduces recommendations for how improvements in biomedical and psychological outcomes can be achieved, alongside cost savings and reduced burden to the NHS, people with diabetes, and public health more broadly.

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