Good practice shared at ABCD event
Good practice in diabetes care was shared at a national conference for healthcare professionals.
For the first time the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD), Diabetes UK, NHS Clinical Commissioners and local networks came together for a one day workshop for clinicians and commissioners.
The event was aimed at all secondary and primary care clinicians delivering diabetes care, and all CCGs, specialised commissioners, medicines management and pharmacists leads.
The main hub workshop took place in London and there were three regional spoke workshops in Leeds, Derby and Wolverhampton.
Presentations from the hub and the spokes were streamed live so that others attending the event could watch, listen and ask questions.
Topics which were covered by the speakers included clinical developments in type 1 and type 2 diabetes, co-morbidity and frailty in people with diabetes.
Commissioning innovation and best practice in diabetes was also on the agenda and
the national diabetes and obesity clinical director Jonathan Valabhji spoke.
Speaking to The Diabetes Times back in May, Dr Robert Gregory, who is the chair of the ABCD, said: “ABCD members are finding it difficult to travel overseas to attend important international meetings to get their essential updates in developments in diabetes.
“They also tell me that they would appreciate networked events rather than having to travel to London or other places which involve staying away from home overnight.
“Furthermore they appreciate hearing about innovative practice which is not always disseminated as widely as it deserves.
“But most importantly they tell me how difficult it is to talk to commissioners directly to discuss how to take diabetes innovations forward in their own locality.
“This meeting gives them an ideal opportunity to combine all of these things in one day.”