Diabetes and its complications

Dr Omorogieva Ojo, Senior Lecturer in Primary Care at the University of Greenwich, ran a multi-disciplinary, multi-sector workshop on ‘Diabetes and it’s complications’.

Background
The workshop was held on February 1st, 2016 at the University of Greenwich, Avery Hill Campus. It provided the opportunity for patients with diabetes, the private sector, researchers, practitioners and NGOs to interact, collaborate and develop their knowledge on issues relating to diabetes and its complications, and the promotion of improved patient outcomes. The workshop also allowed early career researchers to begin to develop understanding and skills in presenting their work at conferences.

Good Practice
A total of 46 participants who came from wide ranging backgrounds attended the pre-conference workshop. These included patients with diabetes, district nursing students, doctors, public health specialists, university academics and researchers, registered mental health nurses, business development managers, administrators, registered nurses, specialist and advanced primary care nurses, programme leaders and company representatives.

The workshop was sponsored by OMICS International Conferences, Nevada, USA, supporting with the sum of $500 and Diabetes Interest Group, University of Greenwich, London that provided the enabling environment.

The workshop brought together speakers and researchers from different professional background, across various organisations and areas of care. These included:

  • Dr Omorogieva Ojo, the workshop organiser and Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich who provided an overview of diabetes and its complications
  • Jenny Fisher, Head of Diabetes care, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, outlined the community diabetes service in Greenwich and Bexley
  • Alice Neave, Senior Lecturer, University of Greenwich, looked at diabetes and lipohypertrophy
  • Dr Jennifer Tremble, a consultant endocrinologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, London, addressed the issue of diabetes and macrovascular diseases
  • Anita Thynne, Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Lilly, UK focused on the issue of hypoglycaemia in older people with diabetes
  • Fiona Sylvester, Principal Podiatrist, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, addressed the issue of diabetes and foot problems

To complement the speakers, three posters were presented at the workshop.

  • Miss Osarhumwese Osaretin Ojo, a Master of Science Degree student in Public health at Brunel University, presented her work on ‘Type 2 Diabetes: The Public Health Challenge’
  • Tayo Onifade, Specialist Nurse, Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group addressed the issue of Diabetic Ketoacidosis in patients with Type 1 diabetes
  • Edith Orjih, Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Barts Health NHS Trust provided an overview of diabetic retinopathy in her poster

Evaluation indicates that the workshop was very successful, participants rating it as well organized, of significant benefit for knowledge development, valuing the opportunity to interact with a wide range of professionals. A study to explore the experiences and perception of the district nursing students who attended the workshop is currently being developed.

Following the pre-conference workshop, a meeting was organised at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham through the assistance of one of the participants with a view to applying for a National Institute for Health Research Grant. The proposal will be developed in collaboration with researchers in the Faculty of Engineering & Science and Diabetic Consultants at Medway Maritime Hospital. In addition, a follow up seminar on Diabetes Care and Management being funded by the Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) was held on April 4th, 2016.