Managed Clinical Network Team


MCN Clinical Lead:
Dr Alasdair Jamieson

Assistant MCN Clinical Lead:
Dr Ken McHardy

Diabetes Network Manager:
Lorraine Cowie

Diabetes Nurse Manager:
Linda Caie


Pharmacy Representative:
Louise Black

Retinal Screening Service Manager:
Margaret Bruce

Gladys Buchan

Dietetics is represented on the MCN on an annual rotational basis by Specialist Diabetes Dietitians in both Primary and Secondary care across Grampian.  All Diabetes Dietitians meet regularly, as a Clinical Focus Group, to discuss service provision, care guidelines, standardising education packages and MCN issues.  There is usually an educational element of these meetings for continuous professional development and reflective practice.  At present the dietetic representative is Leanne Gardner, Community Dietitian.

Patient Representative:
Steve Graham

Steve is a retired telecommunications consultant whose interest in diabetes started with his diagnosis in 1974.  Since retiring in 1999 he has become increasingly involved as a patient representative on a number of groups involved with the provision of service to people with diabetes and their carers and diabetes' place in the list of health service priorities.  He has been a member of the MCN management committee since 2003 as a representative of the Grampian Voluntary Group of Diabetes UK.  Steve has been involved in promoting patient education, involvement and empowerment as vital elements enabling the promotion of self care.  Whilst looking forward to a world without diabetes, Steve is committed meanwhile to the concept that people can control their diabetes but diabetes should not control them.  By bringing a patient's perspective to the committee he hopes to influence and maintain service quality, equity and accessibility, especially in the present climate of fundamental changes to how it is delivered.

Patient Representative:
Maggie Reid

Maggie Reid is the current chair of the Diabetes MCN Patient Forum and sits as Patient Representative on the MCN.  Maggie has 3 children, the oldest of whom was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2003.  Maggie has other family members with diabetes and has recently completed some studies to increase her knowledge in the field.

After completing her BSc degree, Maggie trained as a public sector accountant (CIPFA) with local government before moving to Switzerland where she worked for 15 years as a finance systems accoutant and project manager with international organisations.  On returning to the UK in 2004 she has worked in the field of health and social care, mostly with children.  Maggie has recently been involved in a  project with a local university to create an on-line training tool for a post-graduate school.

Maggie hopes that her educational and professional background, and her personal experience of caring for a person with diabetes, will allow her to contribute to the discussion on policy to help improve the lives of all those with diabetes.

Public Health Representative:

Dr Simon Hilton

MCN Clinical Lead:
Dr Alasdair Jamieson

Dr Andy Keen

Andy is a Consultant Health Psychologist who has been involved in diabetes care for about 10 years. He is especially interested in the integration of health psychology in to routine diabetes services. He has a long standing interest in education and training having completed a PhD in medical education at Aberdeen Medical School a number of years ago. His main role is training provision across primary and secondary care. However, he does deliver mindfulness based cognitive therapy courses to people with diabetes, and runs a brief intervention clinic at Woolmanhill. He has been intimately involved in CBT training in Scotland for many years, and sits on the Psychology Working Group of the SDG.

Carole Ledingham

Mark McEwan

Assistant MCN Clinical Lead:
Dr Ken McHardy

Ken is an Aberdonian who did most of his undergraduate and postgraduate training locally, first working in the Diabetes Clinic in 1981. After a spell of metabolic research at the Rowett Institute, he has worked continuously in the local diabetes service since 1986 and was appointed Consultant General Physician/Diabetologist in 1993. He also has a longstanding interest in education and was appointed Associate Postgraduate Dean in 2002, a part-time post shared with his clinical duties. Ken is the Assistant Clinic Lead on the Diabetes MCN and as the Professional Education Lead on the Diabetes Managed Clinical Network, sits on the national Diabetes Education Advisory Group and has been running an annual diabetes scholarship course for GPs in Grampian since 1999.

Dr Amalia Mayo

Robert O'Donnell, MCN Support Manager

Dr John Olson

Diabetes MCN Podiatry Coordinator:

Andrea Salvona, MCN Administrator

Dr Fiona Strachan

Dr Janie Thomason