Alia Gilani

Ms Gilani is a Health Inequalities pharmacist whose interests lie in ethnic inequalities and diabetes. 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) and operated for a over a decade.  This 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 locally and nationally. She was the chair of the NHS Glasgow Diabetes Ethnicity and Inequalities Group.  

Over the last decade she has also been running outreach clinics for South Asian diabetics in various locations e.g. mosques, elderly centres. She is a member of the diabetes working group, the regional lead for Scotland and trustee for the South Asian Health Foundation. She is also the first pharmacist on the Primary Care Diabetes Society committee.

She has hosted several diabetes awareness days in community venues promoting SAHF and NHS services. She is on the editorial board and contributes to Diabesity and the Diabetes in Primary Care Journal. 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. Recently she delivered a lecture at the first joint RCGP and RPS diabetes conference.