Dr Jackie Elliott, PhD, MRCP
Academic Unit of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Department of Oncology & Metabolism
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Beech Hill Road
Office: Diabetes Secretaries, A-floor Hadfield Building, Northern General Hospital
Tel: +44 (0)114 226 5909
Fax: +44 (0)114 271 1593
I was appointed as a Lecturer in Diabetes at the University of Sheffield in November 2009, and I’m now a Senior Clinical Lecturer. Originally I studied Medicinal Chemistry and was awarded a PhD in 1994. I then became a qualified teacher, before studying Medicine as a mature student at the University of Sheffield (graduated 2002). My role as Senior Clinical Lecturer means that I am able to combine my past experience by dedicating half my time to clinical work, and the remainder to research and teaching.
My research interest in Diabetes started whilst I was a medical student, and has continued ever since. My current research interests include complex interventions for patients with diabetes. I’m involved in interventions to examine the best way in which to deliver education to different patient groups, for example those with hypoglycaemia unawareness, or young people, and how best to integrate technology, e.g., the use of insulin pumps, physical activity monitors etc.
My teaching responsibilities include lecturing to Phase 1b of the MBChB course, organising whole year small group teaching for Phase 2 and helping devise revision material for Phase 4. In addition, I am involved in teaching dental students and health care professionals studying for a Masters degree in chronic diseases. As a physician I´m routinely involved in the supervision of junior trainee doctors.
In striving to improve care for patients with diabetes, I have set up a new multidisciplinary (MDT) hypoglycaemia unawareness clinic, which includes a continuous glucose monitoring facility. I’m clinical lead for the pump service in Sheffield and help run clinics for young people. In addition, I set up co-ordinated departmental diabetes MDT meetings. Recent service audits include: examination of the length of stay and the effect of diabetes, on all inpatients in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in 2008; the use of antibody testing in confirming the diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes; HbA1c at conception for all diabetes pregnancies in 2010.
• Investigating ways of how best to deliver structured education in diabetes
• Exploring the role of technological advances in the treatment of diabetes
• Examining the effects of low blood glucose on the electrical activity of the heart.