DPC Foot & Wound Clinic to support HCPs with foot and lower limbs care

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DPC2018 will see the welcome return of our CPD-accredited Foot & Wound Clinic, with a range of workshops to help healthcare professionals support their patients in looking after their feet and lower limbs.

The clinic will help address the vital need for better education and practical skills development in this area. Diabetes can have a devastating impact on foot and lower limb health: the risk of lower limb amputation is more than 20 times higher for people with diabetes than those without the condition, with around 7,000 leg, foot or toe amputations carried out every year in England.

Yet amputations are preventable, say experts, with improved awareness among patients of the risks of foot ulcers and faster access to multidisciplinary specialist foot care teams.

“The amputation rate is going up because we have more patients with diabetes,” says Graham Bowen, Podiatry Clinical Service Manager, Solent NHS Trust. “However, 95% of amputations start with a single foot ulcer. So if we can get the screening and education right, we can prevent foot ulcers, which can then prevent amputations.”

Graham will again run the Foot & Wound Clinic along with a highly experienced team of foot care specialists, including: Christian Pankhurst, Clinical Specialist Orthotist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust and King’s College Hospital; and Pradeep Solanki, Podiatry Team Leader and Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust.

The DPC2018 Foot & Wound Clinic programme is now available to view online. Designed to cover all levels of experience and specialisms, it will give participants the opportunity to interact with our experienced practitioners and ask questions about real-life situations. Sessions include:

  • Basic foot assessmentWhat is foot risk and how do I establish it?
  • Infection management and debridement – what and why?
  • Offloading and the role of footwear – why do we need to do that?
  • Help! I have a DFU patient. What do I need to do? Outcomes, x-rays and staging systems explained
  • 8760 hours in a year… What should a high risk patient do? Key messages and the role of exudate footwear

The DPC2018 Foot & Wound Clinic is a unique opportunity to access free, CPD-accredited, hands-on education to help you provide the very best care.

View the programme online, and look out for updates to this programme and news of other special DPC2018 features on our website.

To reserve your free place at DPC2018 on 14 and 15 November, register here now.

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