Record attendance at DPC2017

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DPC2017 attracted a record number of healthcare professionals, with 3,235 visitors gathering at London’s Olympia on 15 and 16 November, to share their experiences and hear about the latest advancements in diabetes care.

This year’s event was hailed a resounding success by visitors, exhibitors and speakers – who presented to packed audiences from across the diabetes spectrum.

“The show was fantastically well attended with two busy days,” said Keith Vaz, MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes. “This is a truly interactive conference and one that makes a big difference to people’s lives.”

Vaz, who delivered a keynote on ‘Creating the diabetes village – prevention is better than cure’, said: “I’ve dreamed about the diabetes village, talked about the diabetes village and here it is. It’s important this conference is free and all these healthcare professionals can come here. They are the living embodiment of the diabetes village.”

Dr Mike Sadler, Chair of the DPC2017 Conference, also commented on DPC’s vital role in bringing people together. “If you get experts and those on the front line mixing together in a really good learning environment, that’s when you get major change. I think the big thing here is the opportunity for interaction. That’s what separates it from lots of conferences I attend.”

Exhibitors and visitors at DPC2017 echoed Vaz’s and Dr Sadler’s sentiments.

“We’ve been here for the last two years as diamond sponsor because it’s such a practical, educational place to be,” said Emma Clayton, Medical Education and Events Manager, Novo Nordisk. “There’s so much motivation for everybody here to improve diabetes care and the DPC team have done such a phenomenal job of bringing everyone together.

“You have the big names in diabetes but also people right at the coalface. It really touches all levels of diabetes care.

“Diabetes is exploding and it’s really starting to touch so many different professions and they’re all here. You don’t get that with any other congress.”

“There’s a lot going on, a lot of networking,” said GP Nicholas Lance. “I’ve met people who have similar interests to me but different views and different ways of helping diabetic care.”

“There’s so much in the way of friendly people who are here to offer their support, their guidance and their knowledge,” said nurse Stephanie Peckham.

Results from DPC’s post-show Visitors’ Survey* show that primary and secondary care HCPs were represented at all levels, including commissioners, consultants, diabetes specialist nurses, GPs, podiatrists, pharmacists and dieticians.

Healthcare professionals represented 82% of DPC2017’s audience, with the rest comprising: commissioning board members and long-term condition/diabetes CCG leads, scientists, researchers, educators and students, and business development and marketing professionals.

The HCP visitors comprised: diabetes specialist nurses, diabetes specialist consultants and diabetologists, podiatrists, chiropodists and wound care specialists, nurses (other), GPs, consultants/doctors (other), nutritionists and dieticians, midwives, pharmacists, and ophthalmologists.

A massive 98% of visitors said they viewed DPC as a place to learn about new and existing innovations and products while 98% also told us they would visit DPC again.

Other stand-out results of the survey included: 95% of visitors said they met their learning objectives, 93% said they’d recommend DPC to a colleague, 92% said they took away learning and information they could share with their team, and 85% took away learning and/or skills they could use straight away in caring for people with diabetes.

* DPC surveyed just over 10% of our total visitor audience to DPC2017, by email, with responses received from a full range of visitor types.

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