Top practitioners and policy makers address packed conference


DPC2017’s conference was expanded to eight streams this year, to address the diverse interests of its audience.

Across the two days, an outstanding line-up of top practitioners and thought leaders in diabetes care presented to packed theatres. The conference, and workshops running alongside it, focused strongly on developing real-world skills and practical learning, and covered a wide range of topics, including childhood obesity, the reversal of type 2 diabetes, diabetes funding and the psychological impact of the condition.

In their opening keynote, NHS England’s Prof Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes, and Dr Partha Kar, Associate National Clinical Director, gave an update on what’s happening with the NHS and what’s in the pipeline, focusing on digital transformation and taking questions from the audience.

“I think everybody would like to know what the NHS is up to,” said Dr Kar. “A big part of our work is to be as transparent as possible and that’s an opportunity this conference gives us.”

He applauded DPC’s achievement in bringing healthcare professionals together to learn from each other. “It gives us a forum to talk to people and be accessible; it’s a two-way street.”

Other keynote speakers included: Keith Vaz, MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes; Prof Kamlesh Khunti, Professor of Primary Care Diabetes & Vascular Medicine, Diabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester; and Prof Sir Muir Gray, Director, Better Value Healthcare & Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Watch our interview with Dr Partha Kar below.

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