Diabetes Professional Care launches 2017 Conference programme

An outstanding line-up of practitioners and thought leaders will share their expertise and knowledge with healthcare professionals from across the diabetes arena when Diabetes Professional Care (DPC) returns to Olympia, London, on 15 and 16 November.

Now in its third year, DPC has become an annual highlight for healthcare professionals involved in the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes and its related conditions.

DPC2017 will again be free to attend for health professionals and will deliver a wide-ranging programme of CPD-accredited content, including a multi-track conference, hands-on workshops and special features. It will also host an exhibition of diabetes solutions, a lively debate and networking zones.

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DPC2017 Conference programme

The DPC2017 conference has been expanded to eight tracks to accommodate the diverse interests and educational needs of its visitors.

Main conference streams include:

  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Diabetes in Primary & Secondary Care
  • Commissioning for Better Diabetes Care
  • Obesity in Practice & Diabetes Prevention
  • Paediatric to Adolescent & Crossover Care
  • Diabetes Comorbidities
  • Diabetes Technologies & Diagnostics
  • Diabetes Technologies & Research

The DPC2017 programme reflects the organisers’ continued commitment to improving the care of people with or at risk of developing diabetes. It focuses strongly on developing practical skills and real-world learning for health professionals at all levels – from GPs and nurses in primary care, through to diabetes specialist nurses and consultants, up to commissioners and CCG board members.

“With an estimated 4.5 million people living with diabetes in the UK, it’s vital they receive the support and care they need to help manage their condition,” said Maggie Meer, founder of DPC. “Key to this is accessible and affordable training and skills development for those working in both primary and secondary care.

“We appreciate the time and financial challenges of continuous education for busy healthcare professionals so, once again, we’ve packed our comprehensive programme into just two days and made DPC2017 free to attend for health staff.

“We’ve also listened to our visitors and industry partners, and introduced new content this year to address their most pressing concerns.”

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A few highlights include…

  • Professor Sir Muir Gray

The esteemed public health doctor and director of Better Value Healthcare and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust will deliver two sessions at DPC2017 – a keynote on Population accountability for people with type 1 and 2 diabetes and a session on type 2 diabetes or walking deficiency syndrome, in which he considers the environmental and lifestyle changes needed to make activity easier for busy people.

  • The future of in-patient diabetes care 

As the number of patients with diabetes in UK hospitals continues to rise, Dr Mayank Patel, consultant in diabetes at University Hospital, Southampton considers the impact of hospital admission on diabetes control and the areas of risk in diabetes care that clinical staff need to be aware of. Like many of the speakers at DPC2017, Dr Patel will draw on his own experience and learnings, with examples of how inpatient care is delivered in Southampton.

  • Type 2 diabetes in general practice

With most patients with type 2 diabetes being cared for in general practice, Sir Denis Pereira-Gray, Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter and former president of the Royal College of General Practitioners, will address the need for general practice to be fairly represented in standard setting groups.

Sugar Buddies co-founder and nurse with type 1 diabetes, Kelly Carden, joined by a specialist team, will explain the benefits of peer support to patients and healthcare professionals.

DPC Networking

Special features

Type 1 diabetes conference stream: New to DPC2017, this stream will focus on improving knowledge and clinical skills for type 1 diabetes, and look at how primary and secondary care work together. The stream includes a session on the role of primary care in referring type 1 patients and supporting secondary care, presented by Dr Rustam Rea, consultant in diabetes & acute general medicine at Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT.

DPC Foot & Wound Clinic: Around one in 10 people with diabetes will have a diabetic foot ulcer at some point in their lives, with diabetes being the most common cause of non-traumatic limb amputation. DPC2017 has responded to the need for practical skills training to help patients look after their feet and lower limbs with a new Foot & Wound Clinic. Led by Solent NHS Trust’s Graham Bowen, sessions include ‘how competent are you in assessing the diabetic foot?’.

FIT UK & Trend-UK Theatre, focusing on best-practice injection techniques and providing hands-on help from diabetes specialist nurses. Sessions include ‘Diabetes and the menopause’ and ‘Taking your diabetes on holiday’, led by Jill Hill, Trend-UK’s co-chair and former diabetes nurse.

Hypo Hub will present visitors with a two-day programme of workshops. We will be giving visitors a unique insight into what hypoglycaemia is, how it can impact the lives of patients living with diabetes, the duty of care implications for healthcare professionals and the financial impact that hypoglycaemia can have for the NHS and society as a whole.

The conference programme and other event information is also now available on the new DPC2017 app, which can be downloaded at the App Store.


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