High-profile doctor unveiled as DPC Virtual’s host

By Editor
29th October 2020
Care planning, CPD Education Good practice

A highly-respected diabetes doctor has been unveiled as the “conductor to the Diabetes Professional Care (DPC2020) orchestra” for when the first online show goes live next month.

Dr David Strain, a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School, has been confirmed as the show host for the three-day virtual event, which starts on Wednesday, November 11.

DPC has got this huge pragmatic feel to it because it’s got the ability to translate high-powered research into what it actually means for frontline staff and their patients Dr David Strain

Dr Strain, who is also an Honorary Consultant in Medicine for the Older Adult and Head of the Academic Department for Healthcare for Older Adults, said: “This year DPC is more important than ever. The whole COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way we work and people are afraid, there’s no other way of putting it.

“Diabetes has been flagged as a key risk factor for COVID-19, so therefore we need to ensure our patients are putting optimal diabetes control in place to make sure we can reduce their risk from both type 1 and 2 diabetes, as well as all the other comorbidities that can come with diabetes.

“There’s going to be a huge focus on making sure we can still deliver the best care possible to all of the people living with diabetes, while maintaining the safety of both the practitioner and those individuals. DPC has got this huge pragmatic feel to it because it’s got the ability to translate high-powered research into what it actually means for frontline staff and their patients.”

The official programme for the virtual show has also been released, with Professors Jonathan Valabhji and Partha Kar set to play a starring role.

Together, they will provide 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 will see 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 will lead a talk about how COVID-19 has redefined the role of nurses.

The event is free-to-attend and CPD-accredited for healthcare professionals who deliver care and support to people living with, or at risk of developing diabetes and its related conditions.

Those who register will also be able to meet online with friends and colleagues and take advantage of the interactive virtual exhibition and hear some of the world’s leading diabetes experts speak about their specialist areas.

DPC Founder Maggie Meer said: “We’re honoured to have Dr David Strain take the helm and become the conductor to the DPC orchestra. We’ve  gone above and beyond to ensure DPC2020 is so much more than a series of online webinars and we believe we’ve incorporated compelling content that will be wrapped up in the most innovative virtual format currently available.

“This event, which promises to be a world-class online experience, has been developed as part of DPC’s commitment to MDT working, providing free education and sharing good practice to all healthcare professionals working within the field of diabetes.”

DPC2020 Virtual will run on the 11, 12 and 13 November with each day’s programme starting from 8.30am to 2pm and then in the evening sessions will start back up again from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

The three days are open for all healthcare professionals and will be suitable for all levels of experience and specialisms – from policy-level through to senior clinicians, primary care, community care and those that have just started their careers in relation to diabetes.

DPC is also really excited to have teamed up with the DRWF to run a patient education and information virtual event on Saturday, November 14, which healthcare professionals are also welcome to attend.

To participate online please use #DPC2020Virtual.

To register for the event, click here

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