‘Crucial advice’ on injection techniques to be given at DPC2019

Amanda Epps

A dynamic team of experts are to form a united front at a major diabetes conference to give “crucial advice” about injection techniques.

The Forum for Injection Technique (FIT) UK is to host a workshop session on the first day of Diabetes Professional Care 2019 (DPC2019) entitled ‘Practical Injection Technique with the FIT Board – a MDT approach?’

Founded in 2009, FIT UK provides evidence based best practice recommendations for people with diabetes who are using injectable therapies and for clinicians who care for people with the condition and use injectable therapies.

The FIT UK Board is made up of experienced specialists within their field. Historically the Board began recruiting nurses, but last year it was decided they would adopt a more multi-disciplinary team (MDT) approach and widened the expertise to allow pharmacists and GPs to join.

Amanda Epps, inpatient diabetes specialist nurse (DSN) leads the Board with support from Zoe Sherwood, a DSN working in mental health and Helen Kilminster, Primary Care Pharmacy Association Committee chair for the Practice Pharmacy Group and Senior Pharmacist in General Practice.

In addition, Bethany Kelly, Community DSN, Dr Mahendra Patel, pharmacist and Board Member and Treasurer for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Dr Patrick Holmes, GPwSI GP with a special interest in diabetes and committee member of the Primary Care Diabetes Society, and Adrian Long, who is a prominent blogger and person with type 1 diabetes complete the Board line-up.

Amanda said: “We’re hugely honoured to have been asked to present at DPC2019. Our workshop will be all about highlighting the importance of injection technique. The advice we give is crucial to ensure people with diabetes do not end up with lipohypertrophy.

“Lipohypertrophy lumps means the insulin won’t get absorbed properly and will cause glycaemic variation leading to either hypers or hypos.

“We need to raise awareness with all healthcare professionals, but also among people with diabetes. Even Adrian, who’s had diabetes for years, only discovered he had some lypos when he became part of the FIT board. He had just thought the lumps were middle-age fat around the middle, so it just goes to show that people don’t know what they’re looking for.”

Healthcare professionals who attend the session will also have the opportunity to ask Amanda real-world questions and discuss how they can best support people who inject, when back in practice.’

DPC2019 is the UK’s largest free-to-attend, CPD-accredited conference. The two-day event gives healthcare professionals the chance to share good practice and innovation with a specific focus this year on multi-disciplinary working.

The two-day conference and exhibition will take place at Olympia London on October 29 and 30 and delegates are invited to attend presentations and workshops on a variety of topics, such as remission, The NHS Long-Term plan, multi-morbidity care, consultation skills and practical injection technique. Healthcare professionals can register online to reserve a free place now.

The Practical Injection Technique with the FIT Board – a MDT approach’? will take place on October 29 at 1250 to 1330.

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