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Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2019

25th March 2019

Prevention_Slide_DUK_PC_2019.JPGMembers of the Diabetes network team spent an insightful and educational few days attending the Diabetes UK Professional Conference earlier this month in Liverpool.

Between them, the team attended a variety of workshops and lectures over the two days, spoilt for choice by a jam-packed agenda. Particular highlights included: the first day opening plenary and panel session, with National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes Professor Jonathan Valabhji; and discussing diabetes prevention and remission at scale - with the shocking statistic that 12.3 million people are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes (Data from DUK). 

Team_Pic_2_-_Feb_19.jpgDr Debbie Wake provided a fantastic Janet Kinson lecture. As one of the winners of the Women in Innovation Awards 2019, she had to go truly digital and present remotely from a train as she dashed down to London to meet the PM! We look forward to working with Debbie and the team to roll out the ‘My Diabetes My Way’ interactive diabetes website across Lancashire and South Cumbria in April this year.

The psychological and emotional support lecture provided great insight around how values and behaviours affect outcomes and compliance and included an interesting discussion about the relationship between physical and mental health services.

We heard some amazing and emotive patient stories about psychological and emotional support, eating disorders and type 2 diabetes remission – where speakers shared detailed personal experiences and what we can do to begin to improve these.

Socks_Installation_-_DUK_PC_2019.JPGBetween lectures and workshops the team took time to explore the many stands and installations in the conference hall. The eye-catching ‘Socks’ display by artist Christine Wilcox-Baker was a disturbing visual, with 7,000 socks representing the approx. 7,000 diabetes related lower limb amputations in the UK every year. Many of these socks came from patients and had quotes attached to inspire and warn about the harsh realities of diabetes. Shockingly, the number of amputations has sadly increased to over 8,500 per year and sock-filled clinical waste bags were displayed to portray this shocking statistic.

Another highlight was picking up our Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week Toolkit from the National Diabetes Prevention Programme team, which we’ll be using to speak to members of the public during Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week from 1st – 7th April at a series of events across the North West Coast. Be sure to keep an eye on Twitter for details of dates and locations.

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