DPC Mental Health & Wellbeing Zone
The DPC Mental Health & Wellbeing Zone aims to better equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to improve their understanding of the emotional and psychological challenges faced by people with diabetes.
Speaking ahead of last year’s show, Anne Moore, Group Nurse Director for Safer Care at Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I think the key is educating healthcare professionals who work within the diabetes field so they can know more about the impact of pharmacology and the challenges in managing mental health conditions alongside diabetes, which will ultimately improve outcomes for patients.”
People with mental health conditions such as depression or schizophrenia have double the risk of developing other long-term conditions such as type 2 diabetes and obesity. Risk factors are also heightened by serious mental illness medication and lifestyle linked to mental health.
The clinic will address the key psychological issues faced by people with diabetes and how HCPs can provide the best support in the time they have with their patients. Sessions will also cover consultation skills needed when caring for people with serious mental illness and acute mental health problems.
The programme will focus on interactive, practical education, including role-play scenarios, case studies, and the development of communication skills with challenging situations and patients.
Speakers will include psychologists, mental health HCPs, diabetes specialist HCPs, GPs, practice nurses, patient speakers and care home staff.