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Leading Type 1 Diabetes expert joins A4D as voluntary Chief Medical Advisor

We are delighted to announce that one of the UK’s leading Type 1 Diabetes experts, Associate Professor May Ng, has joined the charity as our new voluntary Chief Medical Advisor.

A/Prof May Ng is Chair of the UK Association of Children’s Diabetes Clinicians, an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Liverpool and a consultant paediatric endocrinologist in the NHS.

May’s other roles include Chair of National Institute Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) and Diabetes UK Research Steering Group for Children and Young People.

In this new senior volunteering role, May will use her vast experience and medical expertise to develop A4D programmes and support us on our mission.

On joining A4D, May said: “I am honoured to be joining A4D as a voluntary medical advisor. Optimal diabetes management requires adequate access to treatment and technology such as monitoring of blood sugars.

“Patient education and mental health support are equally important and I hope that I can help A4D empower children and young people with T1D in deprived communities across SEA by providing them with better access to essential healthcare and education.”

For the 530 plus people A4D support, it is fantastic news; their care will now benefit from the input of one of an internationally well-regarded expert.

May was also born in Malaysia, a country where A4D currently supports 29 children, so also understands the unique challenges of the region.

May came into medicine after she won a scholarship to study at Sydney University in Australia. She has since achieved 5 degrees, including an MBA, an MBBS with Honours, an MSc in Endocrinology & Diabetes, an LLM (Master in Laws ) and a PhD in Child Health.

On her philosophy to care, May said “My approach has always been to work collaboratively with the individual and their families.

“A whole-person approach should be adopted, and to invest time to get to know my patient as a person, what his/her hobbies are and what are their hopes for the future are.

“Having been a training advisor for the UK Royal College of Paediatrics for almost seven years, I often teach trainees and healthcare professionals to be more aware of and recognise our own behaviours, the language we use and how our verbal and non-verbal actions can have an impact during a consultation.”

May is also part of an international initiative with the European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) and E-learning Committee for International Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) who has developed a global e-learning platform for diabetes and endocrinology healthcare professionals made freely accessible and translated to five languages, English, French, Spanish, Swahili, Chinese for resource-limited areas and are now used in 136 countries.

Welcome to the team, Associate Professor May Ng!

Her interview in Diabetes Times UK is here:

And her personal website here

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