William Jeffcoate was appointed as an endocrinologist in Nottingham , UK in 1979. He started a specialist foot clinic in 1982 and disease of the foot in diabetes was to become his dominant clinical and research interest. He has been involved in rigorous evaluation of the evidence to justify routine care, and has been on the editorial and advisory boards of The Lancet, Diabetologia and The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. Current research includes evaluation of hyperspectral imaging, health economic assessment of the acute Charcot foot and prospective studies of the microbiome of chronic diabetic foot ulcers. He is Clinical Lead of the National Diabetic Foot Ulcer Audit of England and Wales. He feels it is about time to retire.