Dr Paul Peter is the Clinical Lead for Endocrinology and
Diabetes at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.
Following his registrar training in the West Midlands, he moved to
the North East to take up his current post, eight years
ago. Whilst in Birmingham, he researched the effect of novel
beta blockers on endothelial function in various ethnic groups with
diabetes. This fuelled his current interests which include insulin
pumps, insulin resistance and obesity management.
His main passion however these days is to develop greater
integration between primary, intermediate and secondary care to
bring about seamless care for patients with diabetes or endocrine
issues. He has set up 'consultant supervised-DSN heavy-IT driven'
community clinics across the Durham Dales area and continues to
develop this whilst remaining on the 'unselected' medical on
call rota at both Darlington Memorial Hospital and Bishop Auckland
He believes that committed involvement in general medicine as
well as direct participation in community based clinics is
essential for specialists to understand deficiencies in service
delivery, and thus attempt to bring about changes in both 'front of
house' and 'back of house' care - within secondary care.
As the associate medical director for IT at the Trust, he has
developed a number of projects that have helped with the transfer
and understanding of data held across the NHS on patients with
diabetes. His main interest in this group is to develop clinical
and corporate engagement in IT projects which is essential for
meaningful interpretation of data across the NHS.
As associate responsible officer for the Trust, he is actively
involved in the engagement of senior doctors in both appraisal and
revalidation and improving public confidence in the NHS and doctors
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community