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Born in Bingley, Yorks in 1940.
Occupation: Associate specialist

Overview: Judith Steel worked part time throughout her career. In 1972 she founded the Kenya Diabetic Association and in 1976 she began `probably the first pre-pregnancy clinic that was started anywhere` for women with diabetes, at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. She was Associate Specialist at the Infirmary from 1983 to 1994 and at Victoria hospital, Kirkcaldy from 1994 to 2004. She has published widely on diabetes and lectured to medical students at the Universities of Edinburgh and St. Andrew`s. She has also held office in several national organisations and in 1992 was awarded an MBE for Service to Diabetes

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Healthcare Professionals 
Here you can listen to 30 healthcare professionals - doctors, nurses, dietitians, podiatrists and one lay educator recalling memories of every aspect of their working lives. They talk about their relationships with patients and colleagues as well as changes in treatment, technology, and the health service. The earliest memory is from 1940 and the most recent from 2008.

The interviewees include some pioneers in diabetes care, but also those who had little specialist knowledge to match the wide range of care described by people with diabetes who had already been recorded for this website.

Some of the people with diabetes describe being treated by pioneers such as R.D. Lawrence, co-founder of the British Diabetic Association, but others were treated by people who were not specialists, including family doctors (GPs) who had rarely encountered diabetes. Our aim was to choose interviewees who would represent the variety of care provided over a period of nearly 70 years.

Those who had already written about their work were asked to provide a selection of up to 12 of their publications. (Click on Publications on their individual page.) However, these interviews are not primarily about scientific developments already well documented, but rather about how these developments affected or did not affect - the daily lives of healthcare professionals and their patients.

(In addition to 25 interviews that are mainly about professional experience, we have included in this section 2 interviews with people with diabetes and 3 with family members who have also been involved in diabetes care.)
 
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