Neil Baker is a Consultant Diabetes Podiatrist formerly working at Ipswich hospital diabetic foot unit. He was pivotal in delivering a service that has managed to achieve and maintain one of the lowest amputation rates in the world for over a decade. He qualified in London and worked in several clinical specialties before leading the hospital podiatry service at Worthing, he moved to Southampton to help establish the diabetic foot service. He was a clinical tutor in the school of podiatry there also. He developed a module on the diabetic foot for the Open University and helped develop diabetic foot competencies for UK skills for health.
He currently is employed at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust as clinical lead for the Diabetic Foot service, which has one of the lowest reported amputation rates worldwide. Previously he led the diabetic foot service in Southampton and was a Clinical tutor/examiner in the School of Podiatry. He has been an active team member of the IDF’s “Step by Step” diabetic foot training programme since 2005 and one of the founders and teachers of “Train the Foot Trainer” programme. He has also trained diabetic foot teams in many countries worldwide.
Amongst several awards he recently was presented the prestigious “Alf Morris” award at the House of Lords in recognition for his outstanding diabetic foot work within the UK and worldwide.