Prof Partha Kar

National Specialty Advisor, Diabetes
NHS England

Professor Partha Kar has been a Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust since 2008. He has been the Clinical Director of Diabetes from 2009-2015, being part of a multiple national award-winning department (HSJ Awards / BMJ Awards) due to its services and care provided.

One of his main areas or passion is in helping to redesign diabetes care in an attempt to integrate chronic disease management across primary and secondary care. He is the pioneer of the Super Six Diabetes Model which aims to deliver diabetes care differently. He has also developed a novel transitional care service in Portsmouth as well as created a Hypo Hotline to enable direct communication of ambulance personnel with specialist staff.

He is an avid user of social media such as twitter (@parthaskar) to engage with patients – and been recognised as a “Social media Pioneer” by HSJ in 2014. Recent innovations have involved the Hypoglycaemia Hotline, which was recognised in the Guardian Healthcare Awards 2013.

He is also the co-creator of TAD talks (Talking About Diabetes) and the Type 1 Diabetes comic (“Origins”)- while also involved in setting up a Type 1 Diabetes information portal (

He also holds the role Associate National Clinical Director, Diabetes with NHS England leading on developing the NHS Right Care Diabetes pathway; leading on Freestyle Libre being available on NHS tariff, helping to coordinate the development of the Diabetes “Language Matters” document and development of the Type 1 diabetes NHS England resource. In addition, he is one of the co-leads of the Diabetes GIRFT process and has led on developing a “Diabetes Technology pathway” with multiple stakeholders.

Recently he has also been involved in CGM being made available to all Type 1 diabetes pregnant patients- as well as uniform access to Freestyle Libre- and updating of driving guidelines in relation to use of technology in those living with diabetes. Other work have involved him negotiating changes to GP contract based on frailty and revised diabetes targets, developing a virtual reality programme to improve hospital safety and starting work on increased mental health access for diabetes patients across the NHS.

Partha Kar