Foot & Wound Clinic returns to DPC2019
Diabetes Professional Care 2019 (DPC2019) will see the return of the popular DPC Foot & Wound Clinic in October!
The comprehensive and interactive two-day programme will feature updates on all aspects of foot care in diabetes. All sessions have been designed to meet the needs of all healthcare professionals who come in to contact with people living with diabetes.
Hands-on workshops will cover everything from screening and prevention in primary care, to infection management and wound debridement in specialist care. Panel sessions will also discuss solutions from a multi-disciplinary, joint-working perspective.
Graham Bowen, who leads the DPC Foot & Wound programme, said: “I’m very concerned to see that while the number of minor amputations continues to decrease, the number of major amputations is increasing. Serious complications like this have a huge impact on the day-to-day lives of people living with diabetes, so there is still a lot of work to be done in this area of diabetes care.
“We know that 95% of amputations start with a single foot ulcer, so our key focus in the Foot & Wound Clinic this year is to give healthcare professionals from the entire multi-disciplinary team the practical skills and education to spot the signs early. If we can get the screening and education right, we can prevent foot ulcers, which can prevent those amputations.
“The Solent clinical podiatry team have been working in partnership with DPC since 2017 because there is a real need for accessible, good-quality education among healthcare professionals in this area. You can see that by how much the clinic has grown in popularity over the years.”
DPC Event Founder, Maggie Meer, said: “What makes the DPC Foot & Wound programme unique is that it gives everyone who comes into contact with people with diabetes, hands-on skills that can be used straight away in the real world. By giving all healthcare professionals from Primary, Community and Secondary care this vital knowledge, we hope to improve outcomes and prevent serious, life-changing complications.”
Session highlights include:
- The essential guide to diabetes
- Vascular assessment
- Neurological assessment
- TIME is tissue
- Charcot foot
- Pressure – redistribution and offloading
- Diagnostics and care pathways
- Panel: is there life after amputation?
These sessions will be presented by an experienced line-up of Podiatrists, Orthotists, Vascular Surgeons and Surgical care practitioners. View the full DPC Foot & Wound Clinic programme online.