Improving footcare for people with diabetes subject of webinar
Healthcare professionals to discuss lowering rates of diabetes-related amputations.
Healthcare professionals are invited to attend a webinar on lower limb assessment and treatment in a bid to reduce the number of diabetes-related amputations that take place each year.
A free, online event will be hosted by the English Diabetes Footcare Network (EDFN) on Thursday, 1st February at 7pm, open to podiatrists, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
The ‘Upskilling the healthcare workforce in lower limb assessment and treatment’ webinar will examine how the healthcare workforce can develop the skills necessary to meet the challenge of growing numbers of people requiring lower limb assessment and treatment.
The National Wound Care Strategy Programme (NWCSP) has highlighted the variation in lower limb assessment and treatment due to the focus on disease specific commissioning.
It is estimated there are around 8,000 major diabetes-related amputations each year in England, but there is an equal number in those who do not have the condition.
The NWCSP aims to provide equal services for all people with lower limb threatening pathology. However, current podiatry services are overwhelmed with diabetes related foot problems alone.
Richard Leigh, Consultant Podiatrist and EDFN chair, said: “Doubling the number of people requiring lower limb assessment and treatment will require a different approach to care delivery as there is no extra government financial support to expand services.
“Therefore, upskilling podiatrists, nurses and other healthcare professionals will be essential in meeting this challenge.”
More information about this event on the EDFN website
Book your place on the EDFN webinar here
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