Delegates to gather for Professional Care Conference
Up to 3,000 healthcare professionals with an interest in diabetes will come together this week to share good practice and learn the latest developments at a major conference in London.
The Diabetes Professional Care starts on Wednesday at London’s Olympia.
Keynote presentations from NHS England and The Diabetes Think Tank will be unveiled and a range of diabetes experts and healthcare professionals will share their insights across an array of critical subjects.
Conference director Karen Richardson said: “After the huge success of last year’s conference programme, we wanted to make sure we kept the momentum going for 2016.
“We will host a multi-stream programme, covering the full diabetes spectrum from technologies, diagnostics and prevention to commissioning, pediatrics and primary and secondary care.”
The free two-day event will also offer seven CPD certified conference streams which have been developed to help delegates deliver the best care.
A live debate has been planned which will focus on what a person with diabetes should eat and the Innovation Zone will showcase exciting start-ups in technology healthcare.
For the first time ever, Professor Jonathan Valabhji, the national clinical director for obesity and diabetes at NHS England and Dr Partha Kar, associate national clinical director for diabetes at NHS England will take to the stage together to present the show’s first keynote session.
Professor Valabhji will discuss diabetes and the NHS in England in November 2016, while Dr Kar will conclude by looking at ‘The art of the possible’.
In a major show coup, Beverley Bryant, director of strategic systems at NHS England, will be discussing how new technologies are going to change the face of diabetes.
Driven by the need to innovate, Ms Bryant has been crucial in the movement towards making the NHS paperless, looking at the transformative powers that technology has to offer.
For those who rely on technology or feel more faith should be put into it, this session is not to be missed.
Samantha Jones, director of new models of care at NHS England will also be presenting on day one, analysing new models of care in diabetes, whilst Pauline Latham MP, chair of the Diabetes Think Tank will feature in the afternoon session on day two.
Within the primary and secondary care stream Debbie Hicks, who is a nurse consultant for diabetes from Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust and co-chair of TREND-UK and chair of FIT UK, will take a look at the learning curves experienced within diabetes care since the seventies.
She will also be running an interactive session on lipohypertrophy, which will see patients being treated live in one of the theatres.
This will help to educate delegates on how to identify this accumulation of fat underneath the surface of the skin, caused by multiple injections.
Anyone interested in diabetes and ethnicity will not want to miss Dr Sophie Eastwood, clinical research fellow from the Institute of Cardiovascular Science at University College London, who will analyse type 2 diabetes in ethnic minority groups.
This presentation will be closely followed by Dr Kesar Sadra, GP at Manor Park Medical Centre, Slough, who will talk about the practical challenges of diabetes in the Asian population.
As part of the diabetes technology and diagnostics stream Dr David Strain, senior clinical lecturer at Exeter University, will examine the role of Ketosis – the condition characterised by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body, associated with abnormal fat metabolism and diabetes mellitus.
Technology has become an increasingly popular stream with the visitors, with cutting edge innovation on show as well as the very latest thinking.
Those looking for an update on the first wave of the NHS diabetes prevention programme, need look no further than Dr Jim O’Brien, national programme director, NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme at Public Health England.
Building on this prevention theme, Dr David Haslam, GP and chair of the National Obesity Forum will analyse just how big the diabetes problem is and look at how best to address prevention.
Ms Richardson added: “We want our conference to be the forum where new ideas are born, understanding is deepened, solutions are progressed and hot topics like DKA, Monogenic Diabetes and Biosimilars are addressed.
“Our focus is clear – we want to increase the empowerment of patients and create better patient outcomes.”