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Older People Diabetes Network national event

More than 110 people from across the UK with an interest in diabetes and older people attended the first National Conference of the Older People Diabetes Network (OPDN) on Tuesday, November 27.

The network is a partnership between NHS Diabetes and the Institute of Diabetes for Older People (IDOP).

The national meeting, held at Glaziers Hall, London, represented an opportunity for network members to come together and discuss challenges, share solutions and forge links.

Professor Alan Sinclair, Director of IDOP and the network’s Clinical Lead, told the conference: “We hope that the network will create a culture within the country to re-examine, review and appraise and create a new focus for managing diabetes and older people.”

Dr Rowan Hillson MBE, National Clinical Director for Diabetes, also urged delegates to: “Take this very helpful work back to where you are based and support spread the word.”

Professor Sinclair spoke about diabetes and dementia, Professor Angus Forbes gave a presentation about Type 1 diabetes and Dr Simon Croxson discussed ‘What targets to hit’. Then in afternoon Dr Charles Fox’s presentation asked the question ‘Is diabetes different in older people?’, Professor Peter Scanlon discussed visual loss, and Philip Ivory gave a service user’s perspective.

The network brings together health and social care professionals who share the common goal of ensuring that older people with diabetes get the best possible care.

Supported by four regional ‘champions’ the network provides the opportunity for sharing  good practice, research, news and developments in this field.

Find out more about our Older People Diabetes Network (OPDN).

Photos from the event

Presentations from the event

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