Alia Gilani

Alia was the first pharmacist on the Primary Care Diabetes Society and a committee member for 7 years. In May 2017 she spoke at the Scottish parliamentary diabetes cross party group on issues pertaining to diabetes amongst the BME population in Scotland.

She helped established and run a bi-lingual medication review service in NHS Glasgow in 2002. This was the “MELT” service (Minority Ethnic Long Term medicines Service) which operated for a over a decade.  The MELT was an open referral medication review service which allowed referrals to be received from both primary and secondary care. She has received several awards for her work in which the service has been recognised both locally and nationally. She has chaired the NHS Glasgow Diabetes Ethnicity and Inequalities Group in the past.

She has also been running outreach clinics for South Asian diabetics for over a decade in various locations e.g. mosques, elderly centres. She was a member for 13 years of the diabetes working group for the South Asian Health Foundation and had the role of Regional lead and CEO for 2 years.

Alia contributes to several journals by writing articles on diabetes related topics.  She is involved in healthcare professional’s education by delivering lectures both locally and nationally on topics from managing diabetes during Ramadan to tackling health and ethnic inequalities. In May 2017 she spoke at the Scottish parliamentary diabetes cross party group on issues pertaining to diabetes amongst the BME population in Scotland.