DPC2018 attracts record number of visitors
A record number of visitors attended Diabetes Professional Care 2019 (DPC2019) last month, with 4,195 people flocking through the doors of Olympia, London, on 14th and 15th November. This represents a 30% increase in visitors compared to last year’s show and an incredible 164% increase since DPC’s launch in 2015.
Over the two days of the show, healthcare professionals from diverse areas of diabetes care shared experiences, learned about the latest advancements from leading diabetes experts, and discovered the best diabetes care solutions on the packed exhibition floor.
The free-to-attend event received a very positive reception from participants, with visitors, speakers and exhibitors all keen to tell us what DPC2018 meant to them.
“This is a critical event for the way in which diabetes has developed and operated over the last 12 months,” said Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Diabetes and a speaker at the DPC2019 Live Debate. “But it’s also a conference for the future, because it looks at areas where we can improve diabetes care.
“What Maggie [Meer, DPC’s Founder] has done over the last four years is to make DPC into the state-of-the art conference for professionals, manufacturers, government and policymakers. Where else, under one roof, would you get so many people with an interest in diabetes?”
His sentiments were echoed by Chris Chapman, CEO, GlucoRx – DPC Gold Sponsor and exhibitor at DPC2019.
“DPC is the largest professional conference in the UK, you can see that by the number of delegates,” he said. “The fact that it’s free to enter means healthcare professionals and commissioners can turn up without having an on-cost to the NHS.
“It’s been extremely busy. We’ve seen people from all over the UK, in various roles – DSNs, consultants, pharmacists, practice nurses, district nurses – so it’s been a real mix of people.
There have been some key influential people so, for GlucoRx, it’s really important to be here every year.
“There have also been some absolutely phenomenal talks and cutting-edge discussions in all of the theatres. So, if you are a healthcare professional and you’ve got a passion for diabetes, you have to come here.”
The professionals who attended DPC2019 agreed with him on the importance of attending the show, with one visitor telling us: “It’s a great opportunity to network and get up to date with new diabetes practices, products and services.”
“It is an excellent opportunity to learn the latest information about what’s happening in the world of diabetes, and its impact,” said a community psychiatric nurse, while a registered general nurse said: “It’s very useful to attend as you will be able to apply in healthcare settings what you have learned, and it will change the way you take care of patients with diabetes.”
Feedback from other healthcare professionals included:
“The most amazing day to see and learn about the products and professional champions in today’s diabetes care,” from a diabetes specialist nurse.
“Informative, educational and inspiring,” from a podiatrist.
And a GP partner/CCG clinical lead told us DPC2018 was: “An excellent opportunity to update myself on all aspects of management of patients with diabetes.”
DPC will return to Olympia, London, next year on 29 and 30 October. For more information and to stay up-to-date with the latest announcements on DPC2019, register your interest here, via the DPC website.