Trudi Deakin, BSc (Hons) Ad Dip PGCE PhD RD
Hebden Bridge, England, GB
I am the chief executive of a charity specialising in research, training and structured education in the prevention and management of diabetes. I obtained a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 1993, a post graduate teaching qualification (PGCE) in 1998 and a doctorate in diabetes, health behaviour change and self-management education in 2004.
As founder of X-PERT Health and author of the X-PERT Programmes, I have trained more than 1,500 healthcare professionals to become educators, which has permitted the delivery of structured education to more than 250,000 people with pre diabetes or diabetes. The clinical trial published in 2006 demonstrated that the X-PERT Programme significantly improves both health and quality of life along with a reduced requirement for medication. We perform annual audits and benchmark the results to the outcomes from the clinical trial to ensure that health improvement is still being achieved. More recently we have partnered with one of the providers of the National Diabetes Prevention Programme in the UK and are proud that many more people will receive up-to-date and evidence based information to help them prevent Type 2 diabetes.
I am also a visiting fellow at the University of Hertfordshire and a founding member and trustee of the UK Public Health Collaboration and this enables me to further develop professional and patient education systems that enable people to manage their long term condition, improving health/well-being and save healthcare costs.
I am a dedicated enthusiast of REAL FOOD, reducing or eliminating all refined and processed food and drinks having seen the benefits in patients, family members, colleagues and friends in addition to reaping the benefits myself. This makes me eternally grateful that I made the leap to re-educate myself and evolve from a fat phobic dietitian to one focused on up-to-date evidence based lifestyle approaches.