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Steering group

The charity operates a Steering Committee comprising up to four experts, mainly allied health professionals, to oversee research projects and ensure protocol adhered to. The group also includes at least two volunteers, who will be members of the public. The volunteers provide information based on their own direct experience of diabetes-related comorbidity and multimorbidity, in relation to the BAME community.

The Steering Committee will meet at key stages during the course of a project, to provide support, and make key decisions.


The primary purpose of this Steering Committee is to:

a) Oversee and monitor research projects supported by the charity and/or evaluate new applications for research funding.

 b) Bring BAME people touched by diabetes-related multimorbidity together and build strong relationships between research teams and the BAME community.

 c) Speak to people affected by diabetes-related multimorbidity and listen to what they have to say.

 d) Ensure commitment to equality and inclusion in research projects (including reaching disadvantaged members of the BAME community, such as people on income support).

 e) Ensure community inclusion in decision making relating to research on multimordidity, as it affects the BAME community, including conferences, events (e.g. cycling, cultural events), volunteering and research.

f) Enabling more BAME people with diabetes-related multimorbidity to participate in research.


The Steering Support Group will always be multidisciplinary in composition, consisting of at least one medical doctor, and at least one other non-medical professional from an allied health profession (e.g. psychologist, nutritionist).

This interdisciplinary structure is deliberate. It ensures that the relief of sickness and the promotion and protection of good health amongst BAME individuals suffering from diabetes-related multimorbidity, is achieved through access to a full range of expertise. Evidence indicates decisions made by multidisciplinary teams are more in accord with evidence-based guidelines than those taken by the individual healthcare professionals. A multidisciplinary approach also results in greater satisfaction by the public, and improved financial performance.


All research funded or supported by the trust is overseen by a mentor, who will be a member of the Steering Group.

 The mentor will:

a) Schedule regular meetings with the Principal Investigator (PI) to make sure that he/she understands all expectations and to monitor progress.

b) Work together with the PI to resolve problems, earlier rather than later.

c) Assist the PI in developing the research project, consistent with the charity’s objects.

d) Create opportunities to introduce the PI to members of the BAME community with experience of diabetes-related multimorbidity. 

e) Provide assessment and constructive feedback, and document research progress and performance.   

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Lebe Trust is a registered charity (CIO) in England and Wales (1190779). A charitable incorporated organisation. A member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCV0 member ID: MEMBER/26810). Merseyside Liverpool.

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