Record year due for leading diabetes conference

By Editor
29th October 2019
CPD, Good practice

More than 6,000 healthcare professionals are expected at a national conference which is quickly gaining a reputation for being at the “forefront of diabetes education”.

Diabetes Professional Care is the UK’s leading conference for healthcare professionals working in diabetes, providing free education to support the NHS to improve care.

The free-to-attend, CPD-accredited education event takes place on Tuesday, October 29, and Wednesday, October 30, and has moved to Olympia London’s National Hall to cater for demand – allowing for larger theatre capacities and space for additional new streams.

A series of six new specialist clinics will be at the heart of a revamped programme at Diabetes Professional Care 2019 (DPC2019), with organisers promising the biggest event yet.

The move to further improve the event follows last year’s record-breaking DPC, where 4,195 delegates attended, up from 3,235 the previous year.

A wide range of healthcare professionals, including Diabetes Specialist Nurses, practice nurses, GPs, consultants, podiatrists and dietitians, will attend DPC2019 along with the diabetes leads from Strategic Clinical Networks from networks across UK. Representatives from nursing organisation TREND-UK and the Association of British Diabetologists (ABCD) will also be in attendance.

DPC2019 will bring together the entire diabetes multi-disciplinary team, with the objective of supporting healthcare professionals in delivering joined-up care through the sharing of best practice and experience between healthcare teams in primary, community, specialist care and CCGs.

The results of the DSN Audit, the first-ever, England-wide survey of diabetes nursing, as well as the findings from the inaugural Survey of People with Diabetes, which has been carried out by DPC in partnership with Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation.

Day one highlights include:

  • Keynote: NHS Diabetes Team Update by Professor Partha Kar and Professor Jonathan Valabhji
  • Keynote: DPC Question Time chaired by Rt Hon. Keith Vaz MP
  • EASD & ADA Consensus – 1 year on by Professor Melanie Davies CBE
  • ABCD renal position statements and update by Dr Peter Winocour
  • Learning from Real Life Data – highlights of the national ABCD programme by Dr Bob Ryder
  • The Essential Guide to diabetes by Sarah Gregory

Day two highlights include:

  • Keynote Panel: The simplicity of type 2 diabetes – and what to do about it featuring Professor Roy Taylor and Dr Dinesh Nagi
  • The Live Debate: What is the best way to identify the ‘missing million’ undiagnosed people living with T2 diabetes?
  • Low calorie diets to treat obesity and type 2 diabetes featuring Professor Roy Taylor
  • The National Diabetes Audit: learning from measurement by Dr Bob Young
  • Injection Technique Matters with Lipohypertrophy ‘Live’ Demonstration by TREND-UK

Founder Maggie Meer launched DPC in 2015 to improve diabetes care after the poor standards she experienced on being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She said: “We are proud to once again be able to provide free education to healthcare professionals to support the NHS to improve care.

“Access to high-quality, practical information for free is the cornerstone of DPC and represents everything we stand for. We are thrilled to be putting on the biggest and best DPC to date and look forward to sharing more innovation and best practice.”

Commenting on the rise of DPC, Oliver Jelley, Editor of The Diabetes Times, said: “DPC is now firmly at the forefront of diabetes education diabetes care in the UK, with the conference firmly established as a platform for free education for the NHS.”

A survey covering 11 per cent of DPC2018 visitors, revealed that 81 per cent of delegates said that they thought the event would result in better care for people with diabetes, while 96 per cent viewed DPC as a place to learn about new and existing innovations and products.

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