The free online programme begins next month.

A free continuous professional development CPD-accredited webinar series for healthcare professionals working in diabetes will begin next month to discuss the key topics of debate surrounding psychosocial aspects of diabetes management.

Entitled Spotlight-AQ Webinar Series, the online workshops will consist of five episodes, with the first one taking place on Thursday, 18th November from 7pm to 8pm.

Among international guest speakers to feature in the series, include Professor Bill Polonsky from the Behavioural Diabetes Institute, Professor Diana Naranjo from Stanford University, Professor Partha Kar OBE, National Specialty Advisor for Diabetes with NHS England and Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Professor Boris Kovatchev from the University of Virginia.

Hosted by Spotlight-AQ, a web-based platform designed to reduce healthcare professional burden by providing pre-clinic assessments and mapped resources to deliver patient-centred care, the webinar series will educate delegates on several psychosocial issues surrounding type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and paediatric diabetes.

Spotlight-AQ founder Professor Katharine Barnard-Kelly said: “I am mindful that there is a shortage of free evidence-based training for healthcare professionals in the arena of psychosocial aspects of diabetes management.

“To this end we are hosting a webinar series for healthcare professionals to focus on different aspects of diabetes management over the course of five one-hour events.”

Reducing diabetes stigma, making sense of diabetes data, closed loop technologies and decision support systems are just some of the topic areas that will be addressed during the workshops.

Other presentation topics that will be covered over the series include reducing healthcare professional burden, diabetes triggering severe mental illness, reducing diabetes distress, modular diabetes continuing professional development, benefits of social media, diabetes technologies and clarity in consultations.

During the first webinar, Spotlight-AQ founder Professor Katharine Barnard-Kelly will open with a session on injection site technique, followed by Dr Lalantha Leelarathna from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust who will host a presentation on how to get the best results from flash glucose monitoring.

Paediatric specialist Dr May Ng will close the first webinar with a session discussing health disparities and worsening access to diabetes technology based on ethnicity and deprivation.

After each session, attendees will be able to access four-minute bitesize chunks of each of the presentations on the Spotlight-AQ website.

On completion of each webinar, delegates will be able to take a brief review test and claim one CPD credit. After completing all fifteen bitesize chunks, one CPD credit is available.

Spotlight-AQ is an online smart, dynamic and adaptive patient questionnaire that quickly identifies patient priority areas for discussion with their healthcare professional in routine clinic visits.

The global tool aims to enhance the mental wellbeing of those living with diabetes by signposting them to the right areas of support to meet their priority concerns.

Spotlight Consultations is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection and is translatable into any language and universally shaped to fit into any healthcare setting.

To find out more details about the online event visit here
Register for the first webinar here

Professor Barnard-Kelly is the author of the DRWN diabetes information leaflets on sexual health in diabetes for men and women.

Read the DRWF diabetes information leaflets of sexual health and diabetes here

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