Diabetes, Endocrinology, Nutrition, Obesity, Vision and Related Services
Diabetes, Endocrinology, Nutrition, Obesity, Vision and Related Services (DENOVARS) Clinical Academic Group (CAG) comprises the largest centre for metabolic disease in Europe.
Our CAG brings together a range of services including newly diagnosed Type 1 and 2 diabetes, diabetic eye complication screening, liaison psychiatry, pre-pregnancy care, a full range of podiatric services and treatments, supportive orthotic services, educational programmes for diabetes management, islet transplantation, Dose Adjusted for Normal Eating (DAFNE) programme for Type 1 diabetes, insulin pump therapy and lipid management. We provide specialist support for diabetes in every practice in Lambeth and Southwark, and many in Wandsworth.
Through our Institute of Diabetes, Obesity and Endocrinology we are working collaboratively to deliver a world-class clinical, research, and education offer that directly improves quality and access to diabetes, obesity and endocrinology care, achieves parity across mental and physical health, and leads the development of highly innovative solutions that support prevention, better self-management of care, and reduced episodes of health deterioration.
Our CAG is focusing on the management of long-term conditions particularly community and primary care integration, together with involving patients and carers more in service design.
Our strengths include the leading centre for management of Type 1 diabetes and hypoglycaemia in the UK, with more than 500 patients on insulin pumps. We are also one of the seven national islet transplantation centres.
We are piloting the 3 Dimensions for Care for Diabetes (3DFD) programme for Lambeth and Southwark residents targeting people with difficult to control diabetes. Alongside, we are developing world class bariatric surgery pathways and supporting the development of effective interventions in the community for obesity related problems.
We have e-learning packages through the Health Innovation and Education Cluster on the relationship between depression and diabetes, and diabetes self-management.
Our particular research interests include developing a better understanding of Type 1 diabetes, immunity, islet storage preservation and biology. We are currently in the process of testing novel forms of nano and macroencapsulation strategies applying innovative immunoproductive materials in combination with oxygenated devices. This will have the potential to revolutionise the field of regenerative therapies for diabetes.
We are also combining diabetes and mental disease research to explore and understand the shared biology of diabetes and depression, and to develop appropriate treatment algorithms for the future.