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Diabetes UK launches new series of online events discussing the COVID-19 pandemic

by Joe Caretalk

Diabetes UK is today (08/10/20) announcing its first series of online events specifically developed to review and discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people living with diabetes, diabetes services, healthcare professionals, and diabetes as a condition.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way care is delivered across the UK, bringing with it disruption to many diabetes services.  

Designed by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals, the Diabetes UK Professional Conference (DUKPC): Online Series will focus on the learnings reached during these last few months across all disciplines of diabetes care, including how services have developed to meet the challenges of the pandemic, how people with diabetes were supported to self-manage their condition safely and well, and ways to improve outcomes for people with diabetes in the future.  

From 13 October to 25 November 2020, attendees will have access to eight different events as part of the new series, and will hear from 31 expert speakers on the latest developments in diabetes care and coronavirus, including Professor Tahseen Chowdhury, Professor Gerry Rayman, Dr Deborah Wake, Dr Shivani Misra and Dr Tony Willis. 

The opening event of the series will see Chris Askew, Chief Executive at Diabetes UK, in conversation with Jonathan Valabhji, Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity at NHS England, discussing what the last seven months have looked like in diabetes care during the pandemic. 

By registering for the full series, healthcare professionals will get access to all the seminars and masterclasses, helping them review their own services and assess how they can meet the challenges of the future months – full programme available to view here.  

Attendees will be able to get their questions answered in the live Q&A within each session, choose between two timeslots for each event to fit around their schedules, and gain CPD points for their attendance across the series. 

Nathan Smith, Senior Conference Manager at Diabetes UK, said: “Diabetes is just one of the complex issues healthcare professionals have had to navigate under enormous pressure during a pandemic of a scale we have never seen before. 

“We hope that our new series of events, specifically designed in response to the challenges of COVID-19, will help build an understanding of what we’ve learnt and what we can apply in the months to come, to provide the care people with diabetes need to stay safe throughout and beyond the pandemic.” 

DUKPC: Online Series programme overview  

  • 13 October: Opening event; Chris Askew, Chief Executive at Diabetes UK in conversation with Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes at NHS England 
  • 14 October: Diabetes UK South West Professional Conference: Emotional and psychological wellbeing masterclass 
  • 20 October: The impact of COVID-19 on self-management 
  • 21 October: Optimal management of diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • 27 October: Remodelling of diabetes services during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • 28 October: Complications and the long-term impact of COVID-19 on people with diabetes 
  • 17 November: UK Diabetes in Pregnancy masterclass 
  • 18 November: The psychological fallout of the pandemic: Supporting our patients and not forgetting about ourselves 
  • 24 November: Inequalities, deprivation and the impact on BAME communities during the coronavirus outbreak 
  • 25 November: Closing event 

Registration is now open on the Diabetes UK website at https://www.diabetes.org.uk/diabetes-uk-professional-conference/conference-information, with discounted admission offered to students and Professional Members of Diabetes UK.  

The registration fee includes admission to the chosen session(s), admission to both the opening and closing events, as well as online access to speaker presentation slides and session recordings after the series. For the full list of registration options, please see here.  

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