R&D Unit, Northampton General Hospital
Charles is a faculty member of the Knuston Hall Diabetes Counselling and Empowerment course, which has now been running for over 30 years and teaches health care professionals how to empower people with diabetes to manage their own condition.
Charles qualified in medicine from Oxford University and St. Thomas’ Hospital and trained in diabetes centres at Leicester, Poole, St Thomas’, Exeter and Bristol. Since 1980 he has been consultant physician with a special interest in diabetes at Northampton General Hospital.
His special interests in diabetes are education, communication and patient empowerment, with particular emphasis on diabetes in people at each end of the spectrum, that is young adults and older people with diabetes. Since 1986 Charles has organised an annual counselling and empowerment course for health care professionals working in diabetes: www.diabetescounselling.co.uk
Charles has worked with the R&D unit at Northampton General Hospital since it was founded in 1982 and has been Principal Investigator in a large number of studies, including UKPDS, DESMOND, 4T and FOURIER. He have recently become interested in the problem of diabetes and dementia and the training of professionals who work in this area.