DRWF-sponsored diabetes conference for healthcare professionals the biggest yet.
More than 6,000 healthcare professionals attended this week’s Diabetes Professional Care event making it the busiest yet.
This year’s event moved to a larger room than previous year’s at venue London Olympia with a revamped programme
The DRWF-sponsored CPD-accredited (continuing professional development) event is the UK’s leading conference for healthcare professionals working in diabetes, providing free education to support the NHS to improve care.
DPC was launched in 2015 to provide the NHS with a free knowledge platform to drive up standards of care after experiencing substandard care upon her own diabetes diagnosis.
Diabetes Professional Care founder Maggie Meer (third from left) with DRWF team
Maggie Meer, DPC founder, 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.”
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.”
This year’s revamped event programme featured a series of six new specialist clinics in addition to talks and dsiplays from 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.
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.
The objective of DPC2019 was to support 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 (clinical commissioning groups).
Results of the inaugural Survey of People with Diabetes were also launched, carried out by DPC in partnership with Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation.
DRWF Event Organiser Lee Calladine (foreground), who has trype 1 diabetes, volunteered to take part in a demosntration on insulin injection technique led by Debbie HIcks, Nurse Consultant, Diabetes and Co-Chair of TREND-UK (centre)
Dr Mike Sadler, DPC Conference Chair and Non-Clinical Non-Executive Director, University Hospital, Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Shivani Misra, DRWF-funded researcher and Consultant Physician in Diabetes, Metabolism and Laboratory Medicine, Imperial College London
DRWF-funded researcher Dr Nicola Guess, of King's College London on dispelling myths about diabetes diets
DRWF Editorial Advisory Board member and Dietitan and Nutritionist Azmina Govindji (left) gives a cooking demonstration
DRWF Event Organiser Lee Calladine with Graham Bowen, Podiatry Clinical Service Manager, Solent NHS Trust pose with Skeleton George - who was helping to man the DRWF stand
Among speakers at the event included an NHS Diabetes Team Update by Professor Partha Kar and Professor Jonathan Valabhji, DPC Question Time chaired by Keith Vaz MP and Professor Melanie Davies CBE, of Leicester Diabetes Centre.
Previously DRWF-funded Professor Roy Taylor gave a talk on low calorie diets to treat obesity and type 2 diabetes, in addition to talks from DRWF Pump Priming Award 2019 recipient Dr Nicola Guess, of King’s College London and nutrionist and Diabetes Wellness News columnist Azmina Govindji – who gave a cooking demonstration.
A survey covering 11% of DPC2018 visitors, revealed that 81% of delegates said that they thought the event would result in better care for people with diabetes, while 96% viewed DPC as a place to learn about new and existing innovations and products.