Praise given to Charcot foot conference

By Editor
25th October 2017
Care planning, Education Footcare Good practice

Charcot foot, vascular invention, radiology and amputation were some of the learning outcomes established at a recent footcare conference. 

Nearly 100 delegates attended the 4th Northern Diabetes Footsore Clinical Symposium in Durham where international speaker and Charcot foot expert Professor William Jeffcoate presented.

The aim of the event, which was held in Durham, was to inform delegates about local progress in diabetes foot care using various national and local data sources and to support their confidence in managing patients with diabetes foot care issues.

Dr Rahul Nayar, chair of the Northern Diabetes Footsore Network, said: “We have done some amazing work over the last four years on promoting footcare and the risk of amputations in people with diabetes. We were a national outlier when it came to major amputations, but steadily with fantastic engagement across the various communities, we have reduced our major amputation rates by approximately 40 per cent  – there is still much to do but this achievement is a real group effort.”

As well as talks from Dr Nayar and Professor Jeffcoate, attendees also got to take part in three interactive workshops.

They were:

  • Offloading the Foot: Dr Simon Ashwell, Consultant Diabetologist & Chris Aitkins, Podiatrist, James Cook University Hospital, South Tees Hospitals FT
  • Vascular Intervention & Radiology: Mr Ian Nichol, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, James Cook University Hospital, South Tees Hospitals FT
  • Diabetes Amputation & Rehabilitation: Emma Fraser, Specialist Physiotherapist, Ashleigh Duffy, Specialist Physiotherapist, City Hospitals Sunderland FT

Organisers said feedback so far has all been positive. One delegate said: “The day was very informative, I found it very interesting and would love the opportunity to attend again.”

Another visitor called it “inspirational” and someone else commented that it covered a “good range of topics”.

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