We help people live healthier lives
The NHS England Test Bed Programme brings NHS organisations and industry partners together to test combinations of digital technologies with pathway redesign in real-world settings. The goal is to use the potential of digital technologies to positively transform the way in which healthcare is delivered for patients and carers.
The BEATdiabetes team is a collaboration between NHS healthcare practitioners, health care academics and technology providers. The BEATdiabetes programme offers three healthcare technologies in combination to positively transform the way in which healthcare is delivered for patients and carers. This is an NHS driven programme and is one of only three national test bed diabetes programmes chosen by NHS England and Innovate UK to provide structured self-management support for those living with type 2 diabetes within North East Hampshire and Farnham.
Dr Sarah Carrod
GP and BEATdiabetes Clinical Lead
Sarah is a locum GP having graduated from Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ School of Medicine in 2002. She works at a number of GP practices across North East Hampshire and Farnham as well as at Frimley Park Hospital as an In-reach Frailty GP.
Sarah undertook an MSc in Primary Health Care in 2011 which sparked a passion for innovation in healthcare, particularly around IT and Healthcare Technologies. She is the Clinical Lead for IT at the local Clinical Commissioning Group and with their help and an excellent team brings this exciting new offering, BEATdiabetes, to the community.
Professor Paul Grob
Professor of Primary Care
Professor Paul Grob is Director of the Commit to Change project and is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Healthcare Planning at the University of Surrey.
He has spent over 40 years in clinical practice as an active GP, researcher and educator, and was the Director of Epidemic Observation Unit for the RCGP. He was Postgraduate Dean responsible for education in the South West Thames Region and in 1987 was awarded the Lasdon Visiting Professorship by the Royal Society of Medicine. His main research interests are ‘how do you nudge’ people into healthier lifestyles.
Dr Debbie Cooke
Health Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Long-Term Conditions
Debbie works at the University of Surrey in the School of Health Sciences. She has been carrying out research focused on improving the quality of life of people living with diabetes for over 20 years. She is excited to be working with this team and testing the effectiveness of the BEATdiabetes programme.
Dr Kathryn Hart
Dietitian and Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics
Kath is a key member of the multidisciplinary BEATdiabetes team and works at the University of Surrey in the School of Bioscience and Medicine. Her research focuses on improving quality of life through better self- and healthcare management of disease, including diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome and kidney disease.
Professor Heather Gage
Professor of Health Economics
Professor Heather Gage is Director of the Surrey Health Economics Centre (SHEC) where she currently manages an ongoing portfolio of over 20 collaborative research projects. Heather’s research interests encompass many aspects of health service delivery, but particularly focus on evaluative studies and outcomes measurement.
Dr Martin Whyte
Consultant and Clinical Senior Lecturer in Metabolic Medicine
Martin completed specialist training in Diabetes & Endocrinology in 2010. Since then he has combined his NHS work with that of a Clinical Senior Lecturer at The University of Surrey. His particular area of interest is how best to integrate prescription medicine with lifestyle approaches to treat type 2 diabetes.