Following feedback from young people and families under our care, and based on the fact that our patient numbers have increased rapidly over the last few years, we now have two teams to help us manage your care more efficiently, allowing you to know which team to contact when you need advice and support. We hope that this will facilitate continuity of care, where patients and families build stronger more effective relationships with their team
These teams are known as Orange Team & Lime Team.
Dr Billy White
Dr Rakesh Amin
Dr Catherine Peters
Professor Russell Viner
Nurses and dietitians work across both teams
Emily Newhouse (Maternity Leave)
Jennifer Pichierri (Maternity Leave)
Meet the team
Dr Rakesh Amin is a Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Great Ormond Street Hospital and UCLH. At UCLH, Rakesh aims to provide a holistic approach to help young people aged between 0-19 years manage their T1D, including use of intensive insulin therapies and addressing the psychological burden of living with diabetes. He is also a keen educator and active researcher.
"The most rewarding part of my role is seeing young people leave our service healthy, happy and confident in self-managing their diabetes."
Francesca has been working with children and young people with diabetes for over 20years and joined the team from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in August 2016 in this new role which will focus on nutrition research and leadership in addition to clinical care. Francesca has an MSc in Sport & Exercise Nutrition and has in-depth knowledge of the management of Type 1 Diabetes and exercise and will be running specialist exercise management clinics.
"The most rewarding part of my role is sharing knowledge about food, activity and diabetes to help young people achieve their goals."
Melanie is the parent representative and mother to Gaby who was diagnosed with T1 when she was 11. Melanie is currently assisting with the updating of several UCLH guidelines and is happy to listen to parent views. She is an active member of several diabetic related Facebook groups which help to support the vibrant paediatric diabetic community. She is very happy to support parents and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ask UCLH staff for telephone contact details.
Freya has been a children's and young people's nurse since 2005, specialising in diabetes for over 10 years. In 2017 she left UCLH to carry out a research project at King's College London (funded by FEND) about starting secondary school with Type 1 diabetes, involving young people with diabetes, parents, school staff and healthcare professionals. We explored some of the issues around starting secondary school and everyone worked together to think about what might help promote a positive school transition experience for young people living with diabetes. You can watch the animated film produced by the young people who took part at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcwGo54tzbo. In Sept 2020, Freya is very happy to be a member of the UCLH team again, and is looking forward to meeting the young people and families.
"The most rewarding part of my role is being a useful resource, but also listening to, and learning from people living with diabetes so we can work together to stop diabetes from getting in the way of other important things.”
Laura is one of the team’s Dietitians and has been working at UCLH since 2013. She has been employed by the NHS for 10 years, Laura had training in Paediatric Dietetics, working in the hospital and community clinics before specialising in Diabetes. Laura meets children, young people and their families to offer dietary advice and education at the time of their new diagnosis and regularly throughout their journey at UCLH, alongside the other team members.
"The most rewarding part of my role is getting to know families and children as they grow up. Food is such an important part of everybody's lives and understanding food is such a large part of managing Diabetes. I enjoy dispelling some of the myths surrounding food and helping children and young people to manage their diabetes and stay healthy, while eating food they enjoy!"
Adrienne Burton, mother to Jessica who is now aged 20 and first came to our team aged 5 having been diagnosed as a baby. Adrienne has been a parent rep for the South East Coast and London Diabetes Paediatric Network for many years, a facebook ‘face’ and active member/co-ordinator of the UK Children with Diabetes. Adrienne is a full time Law Costs Draftsman. She is very happy to be contacted on 07912 376406, email@example.com or via facebook to support parents at any stage of their child/young person’s diabetes.
"The most rewarding part of my small role is knowing I may have helped a parent or indeed a family when they ring me for help as another parent who ‘gets it’ whether that is down to frustration, confusion, tiredness or the relentlessness of just living with diabetes and knowing I may have cheered them up or made a difference even in only a small way. Am always happy to help if I can."
Lucy works in the clinical psychology service at UCLH with Deborah Christie, which provides psychology support to the diabetes service.
She also runs the Tree of Life project, which is a day event for young people with diabetes aged 10-19. This day is facilitated by members of the psychology service alongside young people who have attended a previous tree of life days and a ‘peer training’ training session.
The project allows young people to first give accounts of their strengths and then share their experiences of living with diabetes together. The intention is to enable young people to build a positive view of themselves, separating their identity from diabetes. Feedback from young people has identified the day as having helped them to develop positive views of themselves and feel less isolated by connecting, learning from and sharing knowledge with others living with diabetes.
"The most rewarding part of my role is working with young people and their families towards their hopes and dreams and recognising these are possible"
Deborah is head of the clinical psychology service at UCLH which provides child psychology support to the diabetes service. She often attends the weekly paediatric diabetes team meeting and offers supervision, support and training in the most current approaches in psychological assessment and communication skills.
The service provides behavioural management, cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, solution-focussed and narrative therapy to individuals and/or families as well as parental counselling. A structured education programme has been developed with the diabetes team and is offered to young people who are struggling to put diabetes knowledge into practice.
"The most rewarding part of my role is being able to work with children, young people and their families and share their journeys towards a future with them centre stage rather than diabetes."
Sophie worked at both St Mary’s Hospital and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital before moving to London, and UCLH, in 2010. Sophie initially worked on T11 south, the children’s inpatient ward, taking a keen interest in diabetes, before joining the diabetes team in 2017.
“The most rewarding part of my role is getting to know the children and young people and working closely with them to help fit diabetes into their lives.”
Peter is a professor of paediatric endocrinology at University College London and honorary consultant paediatric endocrinologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and UCLH. Peter is part of the multi-disciplinary paediatric diabetes team providing care to children and young people. His areas of particular clinical research are adrenal disorders and diabetes and intensive insulin therapies and he has published several papers in these and other areas.
"The most rewarding part of my role is getting people to fit diabetes into the lives they want to lead."
Simon is a consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry at UCLH and at Simmons House Adolescent Unit in North London. At UCLH Simon works closely with other members of the children and young people’s diabetes team and with young people to try to provide holistic and integrated medical and psychological care. As part of the team, Simon is able to meet with young people to think with them about whether liaison psychiatric input could be a useful part of their treatment plan.
"The most rewarding part of my role is supporting young people to understand and manage the complex emotions that can be linked to living with diabetes and seeing them achieving their aims and wishes in life."
I have been qualified as a paediatric nurse since September 2012. I have always had an interest in diabetes since I was a student nurse. Since being qualified I worked on a general paediatric ward for nearly 3 years before specialising in diabetes at UCLH in July 2015.
Since joining the team I have had the opportunity to further enhance and develop my diabetes knowledge and skills on the different types of diabetes. My role includes initiating insulin pump therapy in a safe supported environment, working in partnership with members of the MDT to plan and deliver diabetes care as well as looking at ways to further improve the diabetes service.
"The most rewarding part of my role is helping children and young people to overcome the fear and mental barriers of a chronic condition and providing the necessary life skills to prepare them for adulthood."
I joined the team in September 2019 to cover maternity leave. I moved from Ireland to London to study Dietetics at Kings College London, and have been living here since. I have worked across several trusts in London, specialising in general paediatrics and then going on to work with infants and children with respiratory and heart conditions.
This is my first role working with young people with diabetes and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Since September, I have been developing my diabetes knowledge and learning from the team, as well as from our families and young people – they are the true experts. My role includes supporting newly diagnosed patients with dietetic education, sitting in consultant led clinics and also providing dietetic appointments where I can discuss food and diet in more depth.
“Food plays a fundamental role in our lives. Whether it be a celebration, a family get together or a catch up with friends, everyone comes together to eat. The most rewarding part of my job is supporting young people and their families to manage diabetes while eating the foods they enjoy, and not feeling like diabetes is holding them back.”
Rebecca has been working with children and young people with diabetes for 12 years. She has worked in both the hospital and community setting and spent eight years working at Great Ormond Street Hospital where she specialised in other forms of diabetes. She moved to the Children and Young People’s Diabetes Service at UCLH in 2018. Her role includes providing dietetic advice and support to children, young people and their families at the time of diagnosis and as part of their ongoing care.
“The most rewarding part of my role is helping young people understand how food affects blood glucose levels and supporting them to manage their diabetes while continuing to eat the foods they like, and enjoy the social side of eating, without diabetes getting in the way.”
Rebecca Martin is the team’s consultant nurse. A registered children’s nurse, she has over 20 years’ experience of managing children and adolescents with diabetes. As the designated lead nurse for children and young people with diabetes at UCLH, she provides professional advice and leadership to the clinical nurse specialist team, ensures nursing practice meets national standards and guidelines and provides advice and care for children and young people with diabetes throughout the Trust. All new patients are booked into Rebecca’s clinic to discuss the service, how the team might be helpful to the child or young person being referred and identify possible treatment plans.
"The most rewarding part of my role is working with children, young people and their families – particularly when I as part of a team can make a positive difference. This might be suggesting a solution to a problem, listening and empathising as how challenging it can be living with a chronic illness every day or just having young people smile after a consultation with me."
I have been qualified as a paediatric nurse since 2007 and worked at UCLH since, initially on the adolescent unit, which is an age group I am passionate about. I have always had a keen interest in diabetes; during this time I had the opportunity to work alongside many young people with complex diabetes, and although often a challenge, I found it very rewarding.
Since joining the paediatric diabetes team a year ago, I have had the opportunity to further develop my knowledge of the condition and have enjoyed working alongside patients and families throughout their diabetes journey. I have continued to consolidate my knowledge by providing teaching to both established and newly diagnosed patients and their families, as well as nursing and school staff, about good safe diabetic management that can be incorporated into their daily home routine.
Working with young people has remained a special interest and I have particularly enjoyed the challenges of working with those more complex patients and helping them find the ways and motivation of gaining good control of diabetes.
"The most rewarding part of my role is supporting young people who sometimes find diabetes difficult, by helping them to find ways to achieve their ambitions and goals without diabetes getting in the way."
Dr Catherine Peters is a Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and UCLH. Catherine is the lead for diabetes services at Great Ormond Street where the team provides a service for children and young people with cystic fibrosis related diabetes, diabetes after organ transplant and other rare forms of diabetes. At UCLH she is part of the Type 1 diabetes team delivering intensive insulin therapies. Her research interests include beta cell function and the future role of cell based therapies and transplantation for Type 1 Diabetes.
"The most rewarding part of my role is hearing how each child and young person manages to fit their diabetes into their busy lives and working with them to do so whilst achieving excellent control."
Jennifer is one of the team’s nurses. She is registered sick children’s nurse with a wide range of experience including working in accident and emergency and doing relief work in low income countries. Jennifer’s role is to provide advice and information for children and their families/carers. The role of a diabetes nurse is broad and far-reaching and includes teaching patients and their families and carers, teaching ward nurses and doctors, teaching school staff, running clinics and starting children and young people on insulin pumps.
“The most rewarding part of my role is seeing the children and young people living healthy happy, fulfilled lives”
Louise qualified as a registered nurse in 1986 and has been working in paediatrics since 1987. She is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in the paediatric diabetes team providing information and support to children and young people and their families on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Louise was instrumental in setting up the nurse-led clinics in 2009 which aim to provide extra support and motivation for young people who are struggling with managing their diabetes. Like her CNS colleagues, Louise is actively involved in educating others to support children and young people with diabetes, for example providing training days for school staff.
“The most rewarding part of my role is when young people who are struggling with diabetes are supported so that they realise they can manage their condition better than they thought, following a 4-stage admission to hospital. It is almost like flipping a switch and knowing that I helped that happen."
Professor Russell Viner is an adolescent doctor who works jointly for UCLH and the UCL Institute of Child Health. Russell set up the first Adolescent Medicine Service in the UK at UCLH. Russell specialises in adolescent diabetes, endocrinology and obesity and also works as a consultant on adolescent health for the Departments of Health. Russell's research interests focus on adolescent development including physical and mental health, particularly around diabetes, obesity, health risk behaviours (alcohol, smoking and drug use) and health services for young people. He has over 100 published papers in international journals.
"The most rewarding part of my role is helping young people improve their quality of life while achieving good diabetes control."
Billy is a Consultant in Adolescent Diabetes at UCLH and is responsible for adolescents with diabetes who are admitted to UCLH. He leads the transition programme which aims to get young people ready for adult life with diabetes. He is also a general adolescent physician and supports young people with other health issues that may interfere with diabetes control, including sexual health and emotional health. His area of research is adolescent weight management.
“The most rewarding part of my job is working with young people who find it tough controlling diabetes, and helping them succeed step by step”
Liz has been a qualified health play specialist since 2009, working in two specialist London hospitals before joining UCLH in April 2017. She works across the children and young people’s diabetes service providing support to children on the ward, their families and those visiting the outpatient clinic. Liz also facilitates a specialist service where children can be referred for specific support and education including the implementation of new techniques and strategies, through play, to manage anxiety around a variety of medical interventions and procedures such as blood tests and injections and working with those preparing for insulin pump therapy.
“I love having such a varied, challenging and fun job. The most rewarding part of my role is getting to know families, building trust and working with them over the long term to ensure their experience in hospital is as positive as possible.”