Professor Alan Sinclair


Prof Sinclair is an internationally and nationally recognised researcher in the field of diabetes in older people.

He is a World Health Organisation (WHO)-recognised expert in diabetes and in 2014 was appointed to the WHO and International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Expert Group on Frailty reflecting his work in the area of diabetes and frailty.

He has received numerous awards in recognition of his work, these include the recent 2013 IAGG Presidential Medal: which is the highest honour the IAGG can bestow upon a doctor – this was for services to diabetes.

The IDF (International Diabetes Federation) appointed Prof Sinclair to Co-Lead the Working party to produce Global Guidance on Managing Diabetes in Older People which is now published and available on the IDF website. Prof Sinclair was the first to be appointed by the Department of Health to the position of National Clinical Lead for Diabetes in Older People. In 2015, in partnership with the Joint British Diabetes Societies (JBDS) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), he has developed standards and guidance for assessing the quality of diabetes care in UK care homes: this followed on from his leadership of the first National Diabetes Audit in Care Homes (2013-4).

As well as a portfolio of current national and international research and a strong track record in high-impact publications, Prof. Sinclair has a considerable output in translational work having been the lead academic in producing current international and national guidelines for older people’s care and end of life care in diabetes.

He established the Institute of Diabetes for Older People (IDOP), which became a major platform for national and international research and translational work, and also led the development of the Older People’s Diabetes Network (OPDN) alongside NHS Diabetes.

    Oliver Jelley

    Website and Communications Manager

    Orange Juice Communications

    Oliver established himself in the diabetes community while working as a Communications Manager for NHS Diabetes for four year by helping to shape the national health agenda in the long-term conditions arena through effective communications. He has also previously spent four years as a regional journalist where he had an enviable track-record for reaching the front page. Oliver now leads Orange Juice Communications as the Managing Director and is also the Editor of The Diabetes Times.

      Julian Backhouse

      Training course and project development

      Previously with IDOP and NHS Diabetes, Julian has been dedicated to working to improve standards of diabetes care across England. Julian worked with Professor Sinclair to develop the Older Peoples Diabetes Network, he has linked with Strategic Clinical Networks and others to create vibrant learning events and he has worked to shape the structure and resources for Diabetes Frail’s training for health and social care workers.

        Caroline Sinclair


        Caroline was Administrator to IDOP between 2008-2014 and brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and administrative experience to Diabetes Frail. She has been involved in helping to set up both national and international research and educational projects.

            Professor Roger Gadsby MBE

            Previous Professor of General Practice at IDOP and now part of the Diabetes Frail team. Awarded MBE for services to medicine. Adviser to Diabetes UK, NICE and the UK government on matters realting to diabetes. Expert in diabetes, geriatric medicine and primary care

                Professor Andrew Krentz MD FRCP

                International medical adviser. Currently Director of Cardiometabolic Research, Profil Institute for Clinical Research, San Diego, USA; Editor-in-Chief Cardiovascular Endocrinology. Former Visiting Professor of Medicine, Institute of Diabetes for Older People, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School, UK and Consultant Physician, Southampton University Hospitals, UK. Main research focus: pathogenesis and treatment of type 2 diabetes and vascular disease.

                    Ahmed H Abdelhafiz, FRCP MD

                    Dr Abdelhafiz is lead Consultant Geriatrician and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Department of Elderly Medicine, Rotherham General Hospital, Rotherham, UK. He is the chair of Diabetes Interest Group of the British Geriatrics Society and the regional champion for north of England for the Older People Diabetes Network. He has several publications and book chapters in the field of diabetes in old age.


                        Dr Ashok Sahdev MB MRCGP

                        Dr Sahdev is a prominent GP in Bedfordshire at the Medici Medical Centre in Luton, England. He has been influential in creating good links and local networks of GPs interested in undertaking research. His own practice is the lead NHS site for the MIDFrail EU project.

                            Dr Chris Walton FRCP

                            Dr Chris Walton is a Consultant  Diabetologist with a special interest in the provision of services to the whole diabetes community in all settings. He was previously Chair of the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists and currently is Clinical Lead for Diabetes within the Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Clinical Network.

                                Dr Sri Bellary MD FRCP

                                Dr Srikanth Bellary is a Senior Lecturer in Metabolic Medicine at Aston University , Birmingham. He is also an Honorary Consultant Physician and Clinical Director for Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust , Birmingham.

                                Dr Bellary has clinical expertise in the management of type 2 diabetes and weight management. His research interests include diabetes and ethnicity, early onset type 2diabetes and metabolic ageing. He is one of the main investigators of the UK Asian Diabetes Study (UKADS) and has publications in many reputed journals such the Lancet, Diabetes Care and Diabetologia. Dr Bellary is an active member of Diabetes UK and is a working group member of South Asian Health Foundation (SAHF ).

                                    Dr L. Sekaran MD FRCP

                                    Senior medical physician and Director of Stroke services, Luton & Dunstable University Hospital, Bedfordshire. Wide clinical experience in managing older people and extensive experience in stroke management. With Professor Sinclair established a stroke and diabetes Clinic in 2012.

                                        Dr Charles Fox MD FRCP

                                        Dr Charles Fox is a senior consultant diabetologist from Northampton who has made significant contributions to diabetes care in the UK. He has had a long intertest in the special needs of older patients with diabetes and has worked with Professor Alan Sinclair in developing various initiatives in the areas of diabetes and dementia and diabetes in care homes. This has been a strong focus on training and eduication of HCPs and care home staff.

                                            Alison Ogborne

                                            Project Manager/Clinical Trials Coordinator

                                            Alison is a Biomedical Scientist with over 18 years experience in both laboratory and clinical roles. As a Project Manager and Clinical Trials Coordinator at Diabetes Frail she is responsible for coordinating the seven EU studies; liaising with colleagues, patients and carers in the collection of data and contributing to publications arising from the research.

                                                Sarah Ritchie

                                                Project Manager/Clinical Trials Coordinator

                                                Sarah has previously worked as a Clinical Research Scientist, working to deliver high quality study data. She has a First Class degree in Sport and Science and a distinction in an Exercise Physiology & Performance Nutrition MRes. These skills and experience have provided an excellent platform by which the studies can be coordinated and executed with other members of the Diabetes Frail Team.

                                                    Dr. Harriet Sinclair

                                                    Medical Research Officer

                                                    Harriet is a qualified Doctor with an interest in research and academic medicine. Her roles within the Diabetes Frail Team are to ensure the smooth execution of data collection, to develop educational materials and to coordinate submissions and publications associated with Diabetes Frail and Professor Sinclair.

                                                        Professor Angus Forbes

                                                        Chair of Clinical Diabetes Nursing, Kings College London

                                                        Professor Forbes holds the FEND Chair of Diabetes Nursing at Kings College London, is an active researcher in Diabetes both at a national and international level and has had previous senior lecturing roles in University College London and Kings College London. He is an active contributor to the OPDN, the IDF and other clinical and research networks.

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