Diabetes UK Updates

 

Diabetes UK Updates

Please find below the updates from Diabetes UK. This page will be maintained to reflect any updates we receive to make it easier for you to keep in the know.
 

August

 

Week Commencing: 31st August

 
Steroid–induced Diabetes
 
We have published a new page on our website about steroid-induced diabetes. We look at what causes this type of diabetes, as well as the symptoms and risk factors that people taking steroids should be aware of.
 
Diabetes and Moving More – Tuesday 29th September 8 PM – 9:15 PM
 
The North of England Diabetes UK team are presenting an online zoom session for people living with diabetes, taking an informal and relaxed look at the basics of getting more active. Topics for discussion will include practical ideas and suggestions, advice for people of all fitness levels and a personal perspective on living with diabetes and the barriers to exercise. Anyone interested can sign up to this event via Eventbrite by clicking here
 
Diabetes in healthcare
 
We have developed a new set of modules with Professor Alan Sinclair, to support staff working in care and residential homes who look after residents living with diabetes. The modules include; Principles of Diabetes, Treating Diabetes and Vascular and Non Vascular Complications of Diabetes. You can find the new modules on our website
 
Type 1 Zoom sessions for Parents and Carers
 
We have a further panel for parents and carers in September:
Topic: Becoming more independent – Monday, 21st September – 7 PM – 8.30 PM
Panelists: Volunteers living with type 1, discussing their own experiences
 
The link to sign up to any of the panels is here
 
Don’t forget
 
We continue to update our webpages; advice for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) and diabetes and coronavirus advice page for people living with diabetes and their families. These pages are based on the most recent guidance available and also signpost to other relevant sources of support and information.
 
We have some helpful information to help people staying at home and managing their diabetes and to help people cope with stress and other emotions. There is also a useful coronavirus thread on our online forum, where members are sharing information and experiences. People can follow and keep up to date with us and our advice and support on our North of England Diabetes UK Facebook support group, Diabetes UK Facebook and Twitter feeds. For anyone not able to access face to face diabetes education or support during this time our Learning is a good place to access simple information from our Diabetes UK clinical team, and sensible advice from people living with diabetes.

 

Week Commencing: 17th August

 
We are pleased to have published our new report Inpatient Diabetes Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The report summarises the experiences of healthcare professionals and hospital teams delivering inpatient diabetes care during the first peak of COVID-19, and outlines key recommendations to ensure safe inpatient care for people with diabetes over the winter months. As the NHS moves into phase 3 of their response, we must urge systems and leaders to take account of lessons learned during the first peak. Please click here to access the report.
 
Alongside the report is our position statement on inpatient surgical care. This recommends that during the COVID-19 pandemic local health systems ensure surgical care pathways for people with diabetes are in place at all sites where surgery is carried out. Please click here to access the statement.
 
How to stay safe and well as lockdown restrictions continue to ease
 
Last week we held a Facebook Live with Dan Howarth and Charlie Breslin, where Dan answered our supporters’ questions around how to stay safe and well as lockdown restrictions continue to ease. It was a big success with over 200 people tuning it – we got amazing feedback, with lots of people telling us how helpful they had found it. The recording of the Live is on our website.
 
Working Safely During Coronavirus
 
Following the update to the Government guidance on working safely during coronavirus we have updated our diabetes and work information on our website
 
Implications of COVID-19 on the management of foot disease in diabetes
 
Over the last few months our colleague Alex Berry has been working with some clinicians of the National Diabetes Foot care Audit to explore the immediate impact of Covid-19 on foot care services for people with diabetes. Our findings were published in the Diabetic Foot Journal and I’ve attached the article for your interest.
 
We Are Undefeatable
 
Over the last few weeks we’ve been sharing some of the new We Are Undefeatable case study videos on our social channels – featuring all new stories of people living with diabetes getting active around the home during coronavirus. Keep an eye on our channels over the next few weeks to see more, and please do share far and wide.
 
My Wellness Walk
 
My Wellness Walks will be taking place this September, and we’re asking supporters to walk 10 miles, wherever they live, on a day of their choosing in September. See our video producer, Matt, as he shares with us his own My Wellness Walk. Find out more and sign up for free here.
 
DUKPC20: Online series – launching in mid-October
 
Following the cancellation of this year’s Diabetes UK Professional Conference, we are now delighted to announce that we will be launching a series of online seminars and masterclasses for healthcare professionals from mid-October. The series will follow a Covid-19 theme taking inspiration not only from the DUKPC, but also our other HCP focused conferences that form our usual Autumn face-to-face programme. This includes our national Diabetes in Pregnancy Conference and our South West Regional Healthcare Professional Conference, with the focus this year on emotional and psychological wellbeing in diabetes care.
We’re designing content to enhance both your learning and online experience, wherever you are in the UK, and look forward to sharing further details with you later this month. If you have any queries, please do contact the Conference team: conferences@diabetes.org.u or keep an eye on our website and social media platforms.
 
Diabetes UK partners up with Sport England
 
We’re delighted to announce our new partnership with Sport England. We have received National Lottery funding through Sport England to deliver a 26-month project helping people become confident to move more.
We all know how important an active lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight is for managing diabetes. This year, many of us have felt anxious, worried and unable to keep active during the coronavirus pandemic, keeping active for a healthy body and mind has never been more important.
 
Over the next two years we’re going to be working hard to deliver a tailored program to support people with personalised and accessible exercise, as well as creating resources and information about activity and diabetes. Find out more on our website.
 
Type 1 Zoom sessions for Parents and Carers
 
Following the success of August’s ‘Back to School’ and ‘Newly diagnosed – what happens when type 1 diabetes joins your family?’ Zoom sessions the Type 1 Events team are running a further panels for parents and carers in September:
 
Topic: Becoming more independent
When: Monday, 21 September – 7-8.30pm
Panellists: Volunteers living with type 1, discussing their own experiences
 
The link to sign up to any of the panels is here.
 
Recruiting people affected by diabetes for National Diabetes Audit advisory group roles
 
We’re recruiting for patient representative roles to join the National Diabetes Audit (NDA). This is a rewarding way to really shape diabetes care in England and Wales. One of the world’s largest annual clinical audits, the NDA regularly collects information from GP practices and hospitals to measure how well they are performing. This information is then used to improve care.  We are looking for around 2 to 3 people for each audit.  You’ll need to be willing to commit for at least one year.  You’ll need to be confident with data and with sharing your views based on your experience of diabetes care.  There are meetings online using Microsoft Teams around four times per year.  There are also two face-to-face meetings every year, but with the current circumstances, they may need to move online, too.
 
You can find out more about what is expected and who should apply on our website. Every role is different, and we know they won’t all be right for you.  But if one looks interesting, we would really like to hear from you.  And if you know someone who fits the bill, please do share it with them. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday, August 28th. The applications may close early if enough people apply, so please don’t delay. If you have any questions, please contact NDA@diabetes.org.uk and we will do our best to help. 
 
Don’t forget
 
We continue to update our webpages; advice for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) and diabetes and coronavirus advice page for people living with diabetes and their families. These pages are based on the most recent guidance available and also signpost to other relevant sources of support and information.
 
We have some helpful information to help people staying at home and managing their diabetes and to help people cope with stress and other emotions. There is also a useful coronavirus thread on our online forum, where members are sharing information and experiences. People can follow and keep up to date with us and our advice and support on our North of England Diabetes UK Facebook support group, Diabetes UK Facebook and Twitter feeds. For anyone not able to access face to face diabetes education or support during this time our Learning is a good place to access simple information from our Diabetes UK clinical team, and sensible advice from people living with diabetes.

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