Thousands of healthcare professionals attend diabetes ‘digital masterpiece’
More than 7,500 healthcare professionals have been visiting the UK’s biggest free CPD-accredited conference dedicated to diabetes which “seamlessly” went virtual this year.
This year, because of COVID-19 restrictions, DPC2020 Virtual moved online and started on Wednesday, November 11. The three-day event had a different programme everyday, which started from 8.30am to 2pm. Evening sessions were also available from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
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 Dr David Strain
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.
“There’s been 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, once again, has managed to translate high-powered research into what it actually means for frontline staff and their patients.”
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.
DPC Founder Maggie Meer said: “We’ve been overwhelmed at how popular the show has been so far and certainly the feedback I’ve been hearing is that attendees are grateful that we still delivered the conference, despite the current restrictions. We’ve gone above and beyond to ensure DPC2020 is so much more than a series of online webinars and we believe we managed to incorporate compelling content wrapped up in the most innovative virtual format currently available.
“We think we’ve delivered a world-class online experience 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. I would like to take the opportunity to thank our speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for supporting the event and helping to make it possible. Our appreciation is also extended to all those who are participating in the United Against Diabetes, which is taking place at the weekend and is a much valued part of our virtual line-up this year.”
All DPC2020 Virtual content will still be accessible online for all those who registered for the event.
On Saturday, November 14, which is also World Diabetes Day, DPC has teamed up with the DRWF to run a patient education and information virtual event owhich healthcare professionals are also welcome to attend.
To participate online please use #DPC2020Virtual.