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Consultant diabetologist awarded OBE for services to diabetes and obesity care

Professor Jonathan Valabhji, OBE

Professor Jonathan Valabhji, a consultant diabetologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity at NHS England, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List 2019 for services to diabetes and obesity care.

In 2002 he established the acclaimed Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Service at the Trust which provides daily clinics focusing on foot infections including osteomyelitis and Charcot foot disease. The clinical outcomes for this service have been shown to be amongst the best globally.

As National Clinical Director, Professor Valabhji is Clinical Lead for the NHS England Diabetes Programme, including both the Diabetes Treatment and Care Programme and the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. This collaboration between NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK this year saw England become the first country in the world to achieve full national coverage with an evidence-based type 2 diabetes prevention programme.

Professor Valabhji said: “I am delighted to receive this award. It is an honour to work in the NHS, with fantastic teams both at the hospital and at NHS England. Together, we have made some ground-breaking improvements in diabetes and obesity care.”

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