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DPC2021 Conference Programme



Panel: The impact of COVID-19 on Chronic Conditions Management

11 Nov 2021
Nursing in Diabetes

COVID 19 was declared a pandemic infection by The World Health Organisation (1)  in March 2020.  

At that time the pandemic had claimed over 2 million people lives. In the UK in 2020 there were  72,178 deaths in individuals with a positive test for Covid 19, although not all died as a direct result of the condition. (2)   Mortality rates in people with diabetes were estimated to account for third of all deaths by May of 2020 (3)   

This session recognises that the impact of the pandemic also affected many individuals who survived the pandemic, and this includes people living with diabetes. The NHS responded to the challenges this presented at the time by adopting new ways of working and transferred resources to the area of greatest need.

The Health Foundation (4)  reported that in England in 2020 there were around 26% fewer new cases of type 2 diabetes and 35 % fewer referrals to diabetes nurses or structured education programmes  compared with previous years .


This session asks key leaders in the diabetes nursing profession to discuss the impact of the pandemic on their service delivery , nursing staff, and people living with diabetes. 

In this session you will learn about:

  • Initial responses and impact on service delivery and team working when the pandemic led to lockdown
  • New ways of working adopted to support people living with diabetes
  • The impact of remote consultations on people living with diabetes
  • Staff morale during and post the pandemic
  • The future of diabetes care in the post pandemic world 



  1. World Health Organisation: Coronavirus. https:// coronavirus#tab=tab_
  2. Gov.UK.  Confirmed Covid 19 deaths
  3. Hillson, R. COVID-19: diabetes and death. A call to action. Pract Diab, 2020, 37: 76-78.
  4. The Health Foundation. Waiting for care. Understanding the pandemic’s effects on people’s health and quality of life. 2021  
June James, Nurse Consultant - Diabetes University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Honorary Associate Professor - University of Leicester
Erwin Castro, Diabetes Nurse Consultant - East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Andrea Lake, NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow/DSN - Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust
Amanda Epps, Founder - DSN forum UK
Sam Calder, TREND Advisor, Specialist Practice Nurse - TREND Diabetes


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  • AstraZeneca


Platinum Sponsor

  • Abbott


Platinum Sponsor

  • Dexcom


Platinum Sponsor

  • Novo Nordisk


Platinum Sponsor

  • Viatris


Gold Sponsor

  • Eli Lilly


Gold Sponsor

  • Insulet


Silver Sponsor

  • Sanofi


Registration Sponsor

  • Viatris