About us

Dr Marc Atkin, Clinical Lead

Marc Atkin is a Consultant in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Internal Medicine at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.  He is lead for an inpatient care team who have implemented many quality improvement initiatives improving inpatient care for patients with diabetes. Marc is also diabetic foot lead and was part of a South West Peer Review team which successfully reduced amputation rates across the South West winning a QIC award in recognition.

Marc is on the committee of the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists and is part of their group working to improve Type 1 diabetes care in the UK. He is also a committee member of the Type 1 diabetes Clinical Collaborative working to the same aim.


Richard Paisey,  Diabetes Footcare Clinical Lead

Training in Physiology at the University of Cambridge was followed by medicine at Guy’s Hospital. After postgraduate training in Diabetes and Endocrinology in Southampton, Northwick Park, Bristol and Mexico City he was appointed consultant physician Torbay Hospital in 1986. Diabetes research has included studies in nutrition, neuropathy, metabolism and insulin resistance. He led the Torbay UKPDS centre (1987 to 2003), the national rare disease clinic for Alström syndrome (1998 to 2012) and the successful Torbay diabetic foot MDT from 2005 to 2012. From 2013 to present he led peer reviews of over 30 diabetic foot services in England, leading to 3 major publications.  Locum consultant lead for integrated diabetes care in North Devon from 2018 to 2020 was followed by resumption of lead for Torbay diabetic foot clinic during the Covid-19 crisis. He is now honorary consultant Torbay Hospital, NHS England lead for the South Western region for diabetes footcare, and academic Trustee for Alström syndrome UK.


Michelle Roe, Network Manager

Michelle has extensive experience in healthcare. She has worked as a ward manager, service improvement lead and prior to joining the Network was Network Director for the Peninsula Heart and Stroke Network.


Rachel Levenson, Programme Manager

Rachel has worked in the NHS and the private sector as a clinician and manager for more than 30 years. She has extensive experience in service improvement and strategic change leading on the implementation of national strategies in a PCT before joining the Network.


Lally (Alexandra) Widelska, Clinical Network Manager

Lally has worked as a manager in the delivery of NHS services since 2011. A Health Psychologist by academic training, she has extensive experience in project management, business development, quality improvement (including clinical audit) and strategic change management. Prior to joining the Clinical Network, Lally led delivery of the Prevention and Early diagnosis programme for the Thames Valley Cancer Alliance, implementing the recommendations from the ‘Achieving World Class Cancer Outcomes’ strategy for England (2015-2020) and the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan, for the prevention and early diagnosis of cancer.


Bev Bishop – Project Officer

Bev joined the NHS in 2009 after a career spanning over 20 years in a building society. Before joining NHSEI, Bev worked in an acute hospital setting, co-ordinating private patient clinics, theatre bookings and reviewing patients pathways for the services. Bev joined NHSE in 2017 working within the Primary Care and Public Health Commissioning teams developing the admin team and joined the Clinical Network in January 2020 as Project Officer currently working on delivering the ambitions in the Long Term Plan for Diabetes and Respiratory.