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The Live Debate

Join the debate on: “Billions of £s and 10% of the NHS budget spent on type 2 diabetes – where should we be investing our money?”

Thursday 16 November, 12.05– 13.10, Theatre 1

This year’s Live Debate will focus on the vital issue of type 2 diabetes funding. As the number of people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes rises each year, there is a need for government and health policy makers to look at where funding should be focused, to reduce the impact and prevalence of the condition.  

With an increasingly large proportion of taxpayer and NHS funds being spent on type 2 diabetes and related conditions, we invite you to join our panel of experts, to have your say on where we should be spending our money.

The panel will put forward their view from three angles:

  • Primary prevention – preventing type 2 diabetes at a population level, through lifestyle interventions which lead to healthier eating and increased physical exercise
  • Secondary prevention – identification of early-warning markers in pre-diabetic patients, and putting in place lifestyle interventions and sometimes pharmaceuticals to prevent the onset of diabetes
  • Pharmaceuticals – developing better products to treat established disease

The panel will be chaired by Dr Mike Sadler, Clinical Non-Executive Director, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, and facilitated by Prof Sir Muir Gray, Director, Better Value Healthcare & Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Dr Mike Sadler – Debate Chair


John Grumitt – Debate Facilitator Chief Executive, Changing Health, Vice President Diabetes UK & Vice President, International Diabetes Federation

John leads Changing Health, which was recently spun out of Newcastle University and Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is also Vice President of the International Diabetes Federation and Diabetes UK. John provides regular input to health policy development both at NHSE and a variety of think tanks and has led well recognised health system improvements including, amongst others, those in Berkshire and Bexley. Having started his career as a chartered accountant and attending Wharton Business School, beyond healthcare, John has built a number of consumer businesses in the UK and across Europe. Although he has Type 1 diabetes, he leads a highly active lifestyle completing numerous international cycling challenges.

Dr Ian Lake, G.P.

Ian Lake is a GP in Gloucestershire. He became interested in nutrition and health whilst researching preventive measures for diabetes and was surprised to find a discrepancy between the NICE nutrition recommendations and the actual biochemistry of metabolism. As a type 1 diabetic himself,  he made immediate  changes to his own diet with rapid positive changes to both blood results and perhaps more importantly a feeling of wellbeing. Having enjoyed near normoglycaemia for the past year, he is keen to pass on the experience and believes that low carb diets should be offered alongside currently recommended diets by trained staff so that patients can make their own choice. He is writing a course for type 1's to convert to a ketogenic diet, and is blogging about personal experience of prolonged exercise in a fasted state to demonstrate that carbohydrate is not strictly necessary in insulin dependent diabetes.

Ian Lake is a member of the Public Health Collaboration. He has no other affiliations.

Dr Trudi Deakin, X-PERT Health

Trudi is Chief Executive of a registered charity specialising in the research, development, implementation and audit of structured education for the public and healthcare professionals internationally. Trudi’s first degree in Nutrition and Dietetics was obtained in 1993, followed by a teaching qualification in 1998 and a doctorate in diabetes in 2004.

As the founder X-PERT Health and the author of the portfolio of X-PERT Programmes, Trudi has trained over 1,000 healthcare professionals to become X-PERT Educators, which has permitted the delivery of structured education to over 200,000 people at risk of, or diagnosed with, diabetes. She has published widely and has demonstrated that implementation of the X-PERT Programme is a cost saving strategy that not only results in statistically significant improvements in all clinical and quality of life indicators but also reduces the requirement for prescribed medication.

Her ambition is to further develop professional and patient education systems that increase competences to enable people to successfully manage their long term condition, improving health and well-being, and saving healthcare costs.

Arjun Panesar, Co-founder,

Arjun Panesar is the co-founder and CEO of With a background in Artificial Intelligence and a decade of experience with intelligent systems and big data, Arjun leads the development of evidence-based digital health interventions that are used by hundreds of thousands of people across the globe.


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Exhibition information

Diabetes Professional Care
+44 23 8081 1551

Wednesday 15 November 2017, 09:00-18:00
Thursday 16 November 2017, 08:30-17:00

Olympia London
Olympia Way
W14 8UW

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Exhibition information

Diabetes Professional Care
+44 23 8081 1551

Wednesday 15 November 2017, 09:00-18:00
Thursday 16 November 2017, 08:30-17:00

Olympia London
Olympia Way
W14 8UW

Organised by

Organised by