Dr Kate Allen was born and grew up in Guernsey, going to St Martins Junior School then Ladies’ College. She was awarded Bachelor of Medicine (BM) from the University of Southampton in 1996. After completing specialist training in Oxford, she took up the post of Consultant Endocrinologist in Bath in 2009. She moved back to Guernsey to join the MSG in 2020.
She several years researching aspects of diabetes, in particular the effects of low blood glucose on the brain, and took part in a large study for the UK government that led to a change in the law allowing people living with diabetes be treated equally in law for driving heavy goods vehicles. She is the author of a number of scientific published research papers on these subjects. Dr Allen developed a specialist interest in pituitary disease and was lead for the endocrinology and weight management branches of her service.
As a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians she takes part in training and examining doctors, ensuring they have the skills needed to provide high quality medical care for future generations.
“I have always found disorders of the endocrine (glandular) system including diabetes fascinating to investigate and it is very rewarding to see people with endocrine problems recover good health when they are properly treated. I enjoy getting to know people well and helping them to lead the fulfilling lives they strive for.”
Outside work, she is a busy mum with two small children. As a family they love Guernsey’s outdoors life, regularly sea swimming and paddle boarding. She enjoys playing her viola and often performs with the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra. She loves travel and particularly enjoyed living and working for a year in New Zealand.