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Dr Helena Gleeson

Elected councillor

Dr Helena Gleeson is an elected member of Council at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

Helena is a consultant in endocrinology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, and clinical service lead for endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism for University Hospitals Birmingham. She is also adult endocrinology clinical lead for the West Midlands Genomic Disease Advisory Board, and acts as an adviser to a number of patient support groups.

Helena has been a member of the RCP’s Young Adult and Adolescent Steering Group since 2010 (serving as chair between 2013 and 2018), reflecting her interest in improving the healthcare of young people both in endocrinology, and in the broader health arena. This work also involved developing NICE guidance and quality statements for transition, and giving evidence to the relevant All Party Parliamentary Group.

Throughout her career, Helena has spearheaded training initiatives in young people’s health (including transition), including developing a JRCPTB supported guide for trainers and trainees, and creating an acute care toolkit for adolescents and young adults.

Helena has also served as the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health’s national clinical champion for the eLFH Adolescent Health Programme, and oversaw its relaunch in 2015.