Professor Richard Holt

Endocrinology and diabetes mellitus, General (internal) medicine


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About me

Richard Holt is Professor in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Southampton and Honorary Consultant Physician at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Prior to moving to Southampton in 2000, he completed his specialist training in diabetes and endocrinology in the south east Thames region. During this time, Prof Holt was awarded a PhD while working as a Medical Research Council clinical training fellow at King’s College Hospital.

Key achievements

Professor Holt leads the diabetes clinics for pregnancy, young adults and people with cystic fibrosis. The pregnancy clinic has undertaken innovative research which has informed both local and NICE national guidelines.

He is involvement in postgraduate and undergraduate teaching in Southampton. Prof Holt is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Prof Holt is the immediate past-chair of the the Diabetes UK Council of Healthcare Professionals. He has worked closely with NHS Diabetes, the Royal College of Physicians and NICE to implement the National Service Framework for Diabetes and has contributed to Diabetes UK guidelines and position statements.

Professor Holt was an author of the Joint European Societies guidelines on the management of diabetes and cardiovascular risk in severe mental illness. He was a member of the NICE diabetes and pregnancy guideline development group, and currently represents Diabetes UK on the NICE diabetes prevention programme development group.

Areas of interest

Type 1 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes
Psychosocial aspects of diabetes
Diabetes and pregnancy
Cystic fibrosis related diabetes

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