UCLH professor crowned Britain’s health hero 

21/12/2017 00:00 
UCLH consultant Professor Peter Hindmarsh has been named Britain’s most inspiring health worker in a competition run by national newspaper. 

Praised for his clinical expertise, warmth and kindness, Professor Hindmarsh was crowned Britain’s Health Hero by Prime Minister Theresa May in a ceremony at Number 10 Downing Street. 

The Daily Mail asked readers to send in their stories about their unsung heroes of the NHS. Thousands of entries were whittled down to just five finalists with Professor Hindmarsh the overall winner.

The many accolades for Professor Hindmarsh included this from parent Adrienne Burton, whose daughter was treated at UCLH, “Most of his patients have moved from other hospitals, from across the country, just to see The Prof and get the gold standard of care he deliver. I don’t mean gold standard of medical care — although he does deliver that — I mean the gold standard of human care, which he delivers by the bucketload.’

Professor Hindmarsh is divisional clinical director for paediatrics and adolescent medicine here at UCLH and leads an expert team supporting children with diabetes. He also runs a large adrenal practice which is a life threatening condition that needs careful hormone replacement with hydrocortisone. Using novel 24 hour cortisol profiles to personalise replacement, Professor Hindmarsh has identified the importance of drug absorption and clearance in deciding dosing. This work has also led to new insights into how the body handles cortisol particularly the role of the cortisol shuttle. From this he developed the pump method for delivering hydrocortisone to mimic exactly the cortisol rhythm, which has been life changing for the patients using it - this has been working now for 15 years in one patient. He also runs a very successful support group for families called CAHISUS and a regular post on Facebook with over 2000 followers. One of the best things he has done for adrenal disorders is to co-author a book on Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia with a parent, Kathy Geertsma, which explains the condition and how to replace cortisol in a way that is easy to read and understand by patients. 

Dr Gill Gaskin, medical director for specialist hospitals at UCLH said, “We are immensely proud of Peter and indeed of the whole paediatric diabetes service. Under his leadership they achieve excellent objective outcomes and make every interaction special and individualised. This award is richly deserved!”

Professor Marcel Levi, UCLH chief executive added his congratulations, “This accolade is the very best prize any doctor can get: the highest praise and gratitude from your patients. Congratulations to Peter and the entire team!”

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