Dr. Trudi Deakin – Dietitian

Trudi is Chief Executive of the registered charity X-PERT Health, which specialises in the research, development, implementation and audit of structured education for the public and healthcare professionals internationally. Trudi’s first degree in Nutrition and Dietetics was obtained in 1993, followed by a teaching qualification in 1998 and a doctorate in diabetes in 2004.  

As the founder X-PERT Health and the author of the portfolio of X-PERT Programmes, Trudi has trained over 1,000 healthcare professionals to become X-PERT Educators, which has permitted the delivery of structured education to over 200,000 people at risk of, or diagnosed with, diabetes. She has published widely and has demonstrated that implementation of the X-PERT Programme is a cost saving strategy that not only results in statistically significant improvements in all clinical and quality of life indicators but also reduces the requirement for prescribed medication.   

Her ambition is to further develop professional and patient education systems that increase competences to enable people to successfully manage their long term condition, improving health and well-being, and saving healthcare costs.

Dr. Ian Lake – General Practitioner

A GP in Cheltenham, Dr. Lake has had a long term interest in preventive medicine. After seeing the lack of dietetic advice in the NHS he set up a weight management research project in primary care in collaboration with Tescodiets. The project used practice nurse weight management expertise combined with TescoDiets online nutrition support. It produced results comparable with all of the best current commercial providers, and was commissioned by the local PCT cluster. The project won the GP Awards Clinical Team of the Year, Nutrition award in 2012. Dr. Lake was also involved in getting cycling on prescription commissioned in his local area.

Dr. Joanne McCormack – General Practitioner

Dr. McCormack has been a GP for 24 years and was a GP partner in Warrington up until April 2015. She was also a GP Trainer, and now works as a sessional GP in two training practices as well as the Named GP for Safeguarding Children for an area of 300,000 people. Over the past 30 years that she has been a doctor she has seen the incidence of diabetes go up five fold in her town, something that has been echoed nationally. Dr. McCormack wants to do what she can to reverse that trend.