Spotlight on mental health at DPC2018

Jill Hill, Trend UK
Jill Hill

The emotional and psychological impact of diabetes will be a major theme at Diabetes Professional Care 2018, with several conference and workshop sessions dedicated to the mental health and wellbeing of people with diabetes.

Aimed at helping healthcare professionals to better support their patients with both diabetes and mental health problems, these sessions will also be flagged with a special ‘Mental health and wellbeing’ key, to ensure visitors can easily identify them.

“It is known that people with diabetes are at increased risk of a number of serious physical complications, such as cardiovascular disease, foot disease and kidney disease,” says Maggie Meer, Founder, Diabetes Professional Care. “But greater awareness is also needed of the mental health risks and challenges for those with this condition. This is why we’ve invited some of the foremost practitioners in this area to share their real-world knowledge and expertise with our audience of healthcare professionals at DPC2018.”

Not only are people with serious mental health illnesses twice as likely to develop diabetes as the general population, but those with diabetes are also at increased risk of mental health problems as a result of their condition.

For example, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Diabetes says at least four in 10 people with diabetes experience emotional and psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety and diabetes distress.

Yet, says the APPG, more than three-quarters are not offered psychological support when they need it.

At the APPG’s meeting earlier this year on ‘Emotional and psychological support for people with diabetes’, participants – comprising experts in diabetes and mental health, and representatives from across the healthcare industry – agreed that more training and education is needed to help HCPs support their patients with the psychological and emotional challenges of diabetes.

DPC provides HCPs with the knowledge and skills to provide better care for their patients with diabetes, including complications of the condition, such as mental health.

This year, we are increasing our focus on diabetes co-morbidities, including several sessions on mental health in both our main Conference programme and our practical Workshops programme. These will include:

  • Parity of esteem – reducing the diabetes risk and improving diabetes management for patients with a serious mental illness. Anne Moore, Group Nurse Director for Safer Care, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Diabetes management – considerations for patients with serious mental health/learning disability. Claire Thomas, Deputy Chief Pharmacist, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Frailty and dementia care for people with diabetes. Jill Hill, Independent Diabetes Nurse Consultant, TREND-UK 
  • Diabetes and learning difficulties: Long term conditions and their effect on mental health – psychological support for depressed patients with diabetes. Speaker TBC
  • Don’t be afraid to open a can of worms: addressing feelings in a consultation about diabetes. Charles Fox, R&D Unit, Northampton General Hospital

Visit the DPC website to keep up to date on the latest show developments and register here for your free place at DPC2018.

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