DPC2020 Virtual dubbed a ‘digital masterpiece’

By Editor
3rd December 2020
NHS England, Type 1 diabetes Type 2 diabetes Type 2 prevention

Nearly 6,000 healthcare professionals attended DPC2020 Virtual, with the event dubbed a “digital masterpiece”.

This year, because of COVID-19 restrictions, the CPD-accredited conference dedicated to diabetes, moved online and started on Wednesday, November 11.

Testimonials have flooded in, congratulating organisers for moving the event online and continuing to showcase such engaging content.

Diabetes has been flagged as a key risk factor for COVID-19, so therefore healthcare professionals have needed DPC this year, more than ever, to ensure we know the very latest knowledge and research Dr David Strain

One cardiology nurse said: “I really enjoyed all the virtual sessions beyond expectation. I couldn’t believe I was so committed to watching each presentation from the start, right through to the end, just like I did with the face-to-face conference.”

A GP called the programme “useful and informative” before adding: “Whoever enabled the IT for all this is a whizz and the way organisers have put the event onto this vehicle is impressive.”

Over the course of the three days there were 14,200 online messages via the DPC online platform, 26,156 unique session views and an average of 228 live views per session.

‘Seamless’ transition

Highly-respected diabetes doctor Dr David Strain, who hosted the show, said: “This year DPC is more important than ever and I’m pleased that the team were able to move the entire show online, which was nothing short of a digital masterpiece. The transition has been seamless and I know I’m not the only one who is grateful to have been given access to free education during a time when COVID-19 has completely changed the way we work.

“Diabetes has been flagged as a key risk factor for COVID-19, so therefore healthcare professionals have needed DPC this year, more than ever, to ensure we know the very latest knowledge and research.”

The three-day event had a different programme every day, which started from 8.30am to 2pm. Evening sessions were also available from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Professors Jonathan Valabhji and Partha Kar provided an update on the Healthier You: The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, which has been adapted into a virtual service so people can continue with their progress remotely.

Another highlight saw Dr Mark Davies discuss how the EASD Guidelines can be put into practice, helping to put the person with diabetes at the centre of their care and Consultant Pharmacist in Diabetes and Endocrinology Philip Newland-Jones led a talk about how COVID-19 has redefined the role of nurses.

All DPC2020 Virtual content will still be accessible online for all those who registered for the event.

On World Diabetes Day (Saturday, November 14), DPC teamed up with the DRWF to run a patient education and information virtual event which healthcare professionals also attended.

Registration for DPC2021 has already opened and healthcare professionals are being encouraged to submit interest early. Click here to register.

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