Diabetes Quality Programme - who we are

This programme ran from April 2018 to March 2023. The staff team was supported by a range of stakeholders across England and Wales.

The below lists represent the team until March 2023.

RCPCH Staff Team

  • Jess Ellis, Head of the National Diabetes Quality Programme
  • Eva Anjoom-Zaman, Quality Assurance Project Manager
  • Bryn White, Quality Assurance Project Manager
  • Shanti Courtman, Quality Assurance Lead
  • Charlotte Jackson, Quality Assurance Lead
  • Madison Lindeman, Quality Assurance Lead
  • Heather Meek, Quality Assurance Lead
  • Ofelia Torres, Quality Assurance Lead
  • Gloria Bokongo, Administrator
  • Kal Kohli, Administrator

Programme Board

Provides direction and expertise to the programme to drive the improvement in the care, experience and outcomes for children and young people with diabetes in England and Wales. 

Professor Paul Dimitri

Paul is RCPCH Vice President for Science and Research. He works at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust as Professor of Child Health, Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Director of Research & Innovation. Paul trained at the University of St Andrews, Scotland in Medical Science where he was awarded a distinction in pathology, and qualified in Medicine at the University of Manchester in 1997. Paul is currently the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) National Children’s Specialty Lead, the Director of the NIHR Children & Young People MedTech Co-operative and the Clinical Director for the National Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH) Network.

Dr Fiona Campbell

Fiona has been a Consultant in Children and Young People’s Diabetes Care in Leeds for 27 years and she leads a large diabetes service for over 400 young patients. Fiona has chaired the National Children and Young People’s Diabetes Network in England and Wales for nine years and her specific interest is in the use of diabetes related technologies in the management of optimising glucose levels. Fiona is also very interested in improving outcomes and decreasing variation in the quality of care we offer children and families living with diabetes.  Fiona is the Clinical Lead for the National CYP Diabetes Quality Programme at the RCPCH.

Dr Neil Hopper

Neil has been a Consultant Paediatrician at Sunderland Royal Hospital since 2007. His paediatric training was in the North East of England, London and Sydney. Neil is RCPCH Regional Lead for the Northern Region. Neil's clinical interests are Paediatric Diabetes, Paediatric Endocrinology, Paediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Paediatric Lipid Disorders. Neil was Chair of the Steering group of the pilot Paediatric Diabetes Quality Programme project.

Emily Arkell

Emily is Director of Research & Quality Improvement at RCPCH. Emily’s role is to strategically lead and provide manage oversight of the College’s portfolio of research and quality improvement activities. The Research and Quality Improvement Division supports paediatricians to develop skills and knowledge to participate in research, carries out qualitative and quantitative research to better understand the challenges facing the child health workforce, undertakes surveillance in to rare diseases and events, hosts three national clinical audits, develops quality improvement initiatives to promote safe and effective care and leads invited reviews to ensure better service planning and delivery in paediatric units.

Margot Carson

Margot has 28 years’ experience in the NHS, predominantly in diabetes (adults and paediatrics) and joined the National Children and Young People’s Diabetes Network in April 2013 as the Children and Young People’s North West Diabetes Network Manager. During this time she has worked collaboratively with a number of other organisations on quality improvement projects to improve the standards of quality of care that children and young people receive both nationally and within the North West of England.  Margot was previously on the RCPCH Steering Group for the Diabetes Quality Programme. She also represents the National Diabetes Network at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes and is a member of the editorial board for Diabetes Care for Children and Young People Journal.

Dr Rajesh Krishnan

Raj is the RCPCH Officer for Clinical Standards and Improvement. He did his training at Newcastle, Toronto and London and currently works as a Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist and Associate Medical Director for Patient Safety and Governance at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Raj’s interest include combining different patient safety data to generate meaningful QI projects. 

Clinical Advisory Group

Provides clinical expertise and advice to the staff team and Programme Board

Jenny Foster

Jenny has been involved in the work of the Children and Young People’s Diabetes Networks since 2013, initially as a parent representative and then as Network Administrator before taking the role of Network Manager in 2015 for the Yorkshire & Humber and North East & North Cumbria regions.

Elizabeth Haase

Elizabeth has worked as a Paediatric Diabetic Nurse Specialist since 2007 and has been the Lead Nurse for the Children’s Diabetes Team at Northampton general Hospital for three years. Elizabeth is passionate about enabling young people to be the best that they can, providing different learning experiences for them and being innovative in how we engage with those in our service.

Louise Salsbury

Louise has enjoyed working as a Specialist Paediatric Diabetes Dietitian for 15 years. Louise is the Lead Dietitian at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and the North West Network. Louise has considerable clinical experience of working with diverse and complex children and young people. Louise has recently completed the Mary Seacole leadership programme and is currently focusing on the Quality Improvement Collaborative in Transition

Dr Nicola Trevelyan

Dr Nicola Trevelyan is a Consultant Paediatrician at Southampton Children’s Hospital and has been the Clinical Lead for the Children’s Diabetes Service in Southampton since 2004. She was a committee member of the Association of Children’s Diabetes Clinicians from 2006 to 2010 and then was part of the working party developing the Patient Reported Experience Measure which is used as part of the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit. She was the Chair of the Wessex CYP Diabetes Network from 2014 to 2017. In 2014 she took part in the Diabetes Quality Peer Review visits as a Peer Reviewer, as well as leading the preparations for the Southampton Children’s Diabetes service peer review visit the same year.  Having experienced the Peer Review process from both sides Nicola is keen to help ensure the continuing success of the Diabetes Quality Programme at driving forward improvements for children and young people living with diabetes.

Dr Alice Williams

Dr Alice Williams has been working as a Clinical Psychologist with children and families for over 10 years. Alice works for the Children’s Diabetes Service in Southampton and brings experience of engaging with service users to improve and develop services across a number of paediatric settings. Alice is passionate about embedding psychological thinking and support throughout children’s diabetes care to further improve care and quality of life for people living with diabetes.

Network managers

The National Children and Young People’s Diabetes Network is made up of regional networks working towards agreed standards of care, sharing good practice, and ensuring high quality care for children and young people with diabetes and their families, so they can live a healthy and happy life. The RCPCH Diabetes Quality Programme works in collaboration with the National Network, which has been fundamental in ensuring the success of the programme.

Region Network manager
East Midlands Asmita Sedhai
East of England Kate Wilson
London & South East Usha Parkash
North East & North Cumbria Jenny Foster
North West Margot Carson
South West Lucy Rowe
Thames Valley Myfanwy Champness
Wales Vacant
Wessex Lucy Powell
West Midlands Heather Clark
Yorkshire and Humber Emma Savage

Participating hospitals

East of England

  • Addenbrooke's Hospital
  • Basildon University Hospital
  • Bedford Hospital
  • Broomfield Hospital
  • Colchester General Hospital
  • Hinchingbrooke Hospital
  • Ipswich Hospital
  • James Paget Hospital
  • Lister Hospital
  • Luton and Dunstable Hospital
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
  • Peterborough City Hospital
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn
  • Southend University Hospital
  • Watford General Hospital
  • West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds

East Midlands

  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital
  • Derbyshire Children's Hospital
  • Grantham and District Hospital
  • Kettering General Hospital
  • Kings Mill Hospital
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary
  • Lincoln County Hospital
  • Northampton General Hospital
  • Nottingham Children's Hospital
  • Pilgrim Hospital

London and South East

  • Barnet General Hospital
  • Chase Farm Hospital
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
  • Croydon University Hospital
  • East Surrey Hospital
  • Epsom & St Helier Hospital
  • Evelina London Children’s Hospital
  • Frimley Park Hospital
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Newham University Hospital
  • Princess Royal University Hospital
  • Queens Hospital, Romford
  • Royal Free Hospital
  • St George's Hospital
  • St Mary's Hospital
  • St Peter's Hospital
  • The Hillingdon Hospital
  • The Royal London Hospital
  • The Whittington Hospital
  • University College London Hospital
  • West Middlesex University Hospital
  • Whipps Cross University Hospital

North East and North Cumbria

  • County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cumberland Infirmary
  • Friarage Hospital
  • James Cook University Hospital
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead
  • Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • South Tyneside District Hospital
  • Sunderland Royal Hospital
  • University Hospital of North Tees
  • West Cumberland Hospital

North West

  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
  • Arrowe Park Hospital
  • Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Trust
  • Leighton Hospital
  • Macclesfield District General Hospital
  • Ormskirk & District General Hospital
  • Royal Albert Edward Infirmary
  • Royal Blackburn Hospital
  • Royal Bolton Hospital
  • Royal Lancaster Infirmary
  • Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
  • Royal Preston Hospital
  • Salford Royal Hospital
  • Stepping Hill Hospital
  • Tameside General Hospital
  • The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Victoria Hospital, Blackpool
  • Warrington Hospital
  • Whiston Hospital
  • Wythenshawe Hospital

    South West

    • Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
    • Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospital
    • Derriford Hospital
    • Great Western Hospital
    • Musgrove Park Hospital
    • North Devon District Hospital
    • Royal Cornwall Hospital
    • Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
    • Royal United Hospital
    • Torbay Hospital
    • Yeovil District Hospital

    Thames Valley

    • John Radcliffe Hospital
    • Milton Keynes Hospital
    • Royal Berkshire Hospital
    • Stoke Mandeville Hospital 
    • Wexham Park Hospital
    • Wycombe General Hospital 


    • Bronglais General Hospital
    • Glan Clwyd District General Hospital
    • Glangwili General Hospital
    • Morriston Hospital
    • Neath Port Talbot Hospital
    • Nevill Hall Hospital
    • Prince Charles Hospital
    • Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend
    • Royal Glamorgan Hospital
    • Royal Gwent Hospital
    • University Hospital of Wales
    • Withybush General Hospital
    • Wrexham Maelor Hospital
    • Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital


    • Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital
    • Dorset County Hospital
    • Poole General Hospital
    • Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
    • Royal Hampshire County Hospital
    • Salisbury District Hospital
    • Southampton Children’s Hospital
    • St Mary's Hospital, Isle of Wight
    • Worthing Hospital

    West Midlands

    • Alexandra Hospital
    • Birmingham Children's Hospital
    • Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
    • City Hospital, Birmingham
    • County Hospital Stafford
    • George Eliot Hospital
    • Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield
    • Hereford County Hospital
    • Kidderminster Hospital
    • Manor Hospital, Walsall
    • New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton
    • Princess Royal Hospital
    • Queens Hospital, Burton on Trent
    • Royal Stoke University Hospital
    • Russells Hall Hospital
    • Sandwell General Hospital
    • University Hospital, Coventry
    • Warwick Hospital
    • Worcestershire Royal Hospital

    Yorkshire and Humber

    • Airedale General Hospital, Keighley
    • Barnsley Hospital
    • Bassetlaw District General Hospital
    • Dewsbury & District Hospital
    • Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby
    • Doncaster Royal Infirmary
    • Harrogate District Hospital
    • Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
    • Hull Royal Infirmary
    • Leeds Children’s Hospital
    • Pinderfields General Hospital and Pontefract General Infirmary
    • Rotherham Hospital
    • Scarborough General Hospital
    • Scunthorpe General Hospital
    • St Luke's Hospital
    • The York Hospital