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Major diabetes conference launches preview magazine

By Editor
1st November 2018

A magazine dedicated to previewing UK’s biggest conference and exhibition for healthcare professionals working in diabetes has been launched.

Diabetes Professional Care 2018 (DPC2018), which is bringing together world-class practitioners and thought leaders in November, has released its Preview Magazine.

The publication gives readers an insight into what can be expected from the event and features information about the programme and its high-profile names who will be participating in the two-day conference.

The conference’s diverse streams and sessions have been designed to meet the breadth of interests among the delegates, and reflect the latest developments and key issues within the field of diabetes.

‘Accessible and inclusive education’

Event Director Toby Baker said: “Our mission from the start has been to help improve the care and outcomes for people with diabetes, by raising awareness of the condition, and providing accessible and inclusive education. So we’re delighted to have attracted our biggest audience yet – 3,235 visitors – to last year’s show.

“This year we have worked hard to put together our biggest and best event since the launch of DPC. At DPC2018’s heart is again our eight- stream conference, where leading practitioners and thought leaders from across the diabetes arena will share their real-world experience and expertise. Conference streams include: Primary, Community & Specialist Care; Commissioning for Better Diabetes Care; T1 Diabetes; and TREND- UK & Injection Technique Matters theatre.”

A key update to the programme this year is the expansion of DPC’s Diabetes Co-morbidities stream to two days, in a bid to address the vital requirement needed for better information and education on the serious complications of diabetes. This will include a dedicated focus on mental health and wellbeing, renal and diabetic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetic retinopathy.

Childhood obesity

Once again DPC2018 will address the most pressing issues in diabetes care, such as the increase in childhood obesity and young people being newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The Live Debate will involve four experts who lead a discussion on preventing childhood obesity and there will also be sessions about the topic in the Paediatric to Adolescent and Crossover Care and Diabetes Prevention & Obesity in Practice conference streams.

Toby added: “DPC2018 will again focus on helping you to develop practical skills and takeaway learning, particularly through our informal workshops and special features. Don’t forget to collect the handy DPC Toolkits, which we’ve introduced at some sessions this year, to provide ongoing support for healthcare professionals attending DPC2018.”

The DPC Toolkits will be in the form of an A5 folder and delegates can collect cards from a number of sessions. The aim of the  toolkits is to provide healthcare professionals with invaluable key ‘takeaway’ learning points and reference material, which they can continue to use as guidance after the show and share with their teams.”

Toby conceded: “We’ll also showcase major breakthroughs and developments in diabetes care, such as the real possibility of reversing type 2 diabetes and the latest technological advances. The DPC2018 Exhibition will give you a unique opportunity to find out about the important products and services available to you and your patients.”

Diabetes Professional Care has become a major annual event for healthcare professionals involved in the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes, and its related conditions.

Now in its fourth year, DPC is the UK’s only free CPD-accredited diabetes conference for healthcare professionals. It is set to take place on 14 and 15 November at Olympia, London.

The full DPC2018 conference programme is currently available on the website. Here are some more highlights that can be expected in the November event.

  • Update on Joint British Diabetes Societies (JBDS) guidelines and plans for CQC and inpatient care. Dr Mike Sampson, Consultant DiabetologistNorfolk and Norwich University Hospitals
  • Individualising diabetes care for older people with a focus on frailty. Professor Alan Sinclair, National Clinical Lead for the Older Peoples Diabetes Network (OPDN) and Director of Diabetes Frail
  • Substance misuse and the impact on diabetes. Debbie Hicks, Nurse Consultant & FIT UK
  • Diabetes consultancy pearls. Dr Kevin Fernando, GP & Partner, North Berwick Health Centre
  • Biosimilar insulin – what does it mean for people with diabetes? Guest Speaker
  • Tips for safer acute care for patients with diabetes. Dr Mayank Patel, Consultant Diabetologist, University Hospital Southampton

This year also sees the launch of the DPC Industry Awards, which have been developed in partnership with The Diabetes Times to reward distinction shown by organisations dedicated to improving diabetes care.

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