Latest results from DWELL Project to be revealed at conference

By Editor
29th September 2022
Good practice

An international programme is making a significant difference to the lives of people with type 2 diabetes.

The DWELL Project has so far provided more than 500 individuals in the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands with a non-clinical, holistic 12-week patient support programme which covers education, nutrition, physical activity and well-being.

The latest results from the programme have revealed an improvement in patients’ HbA1c levels and wellbeing and will be shared at the free online DWELL Final Conference next month.

Project Manager Anna Best said: “The DWELL Project is a cross-border approach to tackling type 2 diabetes.

Caption – Anna Best

“The programme includes motivational interviewing and peer support to empower participants to self-manage their condition, improve their well-being, lose weight, reduce medication and enjoy a better quality of life.

“We work with participants to find out what they want to be achieve so, for example, for some people it has been to lose weight so they could play football with their grandchildren.

“Our personalised approach has really helped individuals to make changes which have resulted in them not having to increase their medication and achieving long-term health benefits.

“We can’t wait to share our findings, and the next steps for the DWELL Project, at our free conference.

“We’ll also be giving our audience the chance to hear from guest speakers who are passionate about the prevention of non-communicable diseases and are leading experts in their fields.”

Among the speakers will be Christine Hancock who founded C3 Collaborating for Health after a career working in nursing in the NHS and is a former president of the International Council of Nurses.

She will talk about the work of C3 which works with a diverse range of stakeholders to tackle the three main causes of major chronic diseases – tobacco, what we eat and drink and a lack of physical activity.

Christine will be joined by fellow guest speaker Konstantinos Makrilakis who is a Professor of Internal Medicine-Metabolic Diseases at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School, Greece.

Konstantinos has been actively involved in diabetes since 2002 as a clinician, researcher, educator and member of national and international diabetes associations.

He is currently the General Secretary of the Hellenic Diabetes Association (HDA) and has served twice as a Board member of IDF-Europe.

The conference will take place from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Thursday, October 13.

To register for the free event, click here

DWELL has received funding from the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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