Posts by Professor Jonathan Valabhji

Professor Jonathan Valabhji

Professor Jonathan Valabhji is National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity at NHS England. He is Consultant Diabetologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Professor of Practice (Diabetes) at Imperial College London. As well as a practicing clinician and researcher, he established and leads the NHS England Diabetes and Obesity Programmes, with a broad portfolio of national work streams focusing on lifestyle interventions, clinical care, and technological support for diabetes self-management.

As National Clinical Director, he has led rapid translation of high-quality diabetes research into national policy and practice and has established models for evaluation to assess translational impact. He successfully made the case for, and led implementation of, the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, the NHS flagship prevention programme. By 2018 England became the first country to achieve universal population coverage with an evidence-based Type 2 diabetes prevention programme, with over one million people now referred in, and latest evidence suggesting reduced Type 2 diabetes incidence in both programme participants and at population level associated with programme implementation. He qualified in 1990 from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, London, and in 2019 was awarded OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to diabetes and obesity care.