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Diabetes conference schedule unveiled

By Editor
15th July 2016
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The Diabetes Professional Care 2016 has unveiled its speaker line-up for 2016, which includes keynote presentations from NHS England and The Diabetes Think Tank.

The educational conference, which takes place on November, 16 and 17 at London’s Olympia, will see diabetes experts and healthcare professionals share insight across an array of critical subjects.

Karen Richardson, conference director at Diabetes Professional Care 2016 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 & secondary care.”

The CPD-accredited event is free and people interested in attending are being urged to register.

For the first time ever, Jonathan Valabhji, 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.

Cutting-edge innovation

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 Bryant has been crucial in the movement towards making the NHS paperless, looking at the transformative powers that technology has to offer.

Samantha Jones, director for 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.

Anyone interested in diabetes and ethnicity will not want to miss Dr Sophie Eastwood, clinical research fellow, Institute of Cardiovascular Science at University College London, analysing type 2 diabetes in ethnic minority groups.

This presentation will be closely followed by Dr Kesar Sadra, GP at Manor Park Medical Centre in 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 for the 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: WWe 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.”

The event as a whole, which also includes a major exhibition and programme of interactive workshops, exists to help advance the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes.

To view the full programme, click here.

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