OPDN conference 2016

photodune-10972231-female-speaker-at-business-conference-s-610x350Diabetes Frail is hosting a conference to help “bridge the gap” between older people with the condition and specialists from across the country.

In an attempt to improve the care of older people with diabetes, the not-for-profit organisation has launched the Older People’s Diabetes Network (OPDN) Patients’ Forum.

Attendees will hear from a range of high-profile speakers who will discuss the need to raise standards of care at the free event on Tuesday, October 11 at Aston University.

Professor Alan Sinclair, the network’s Clinical Lead, said: “The objective of the network is to bridge the gap between health social care professionals and people with diabetes.

“Everyone in the community shares the same aim of ensuring older people with diabetes get the best possible care.

“Last year we had a fantastic turn-out, with the speakers and delegates showing a real commitment to improving the care of diabetes in older people.”

Last year Diabetes Frail hosted the third annual OPDN conference, with more than 50 people in attendance.

Prof Sinclair gave a presentation about the emergence of frailty as a complication of diabetes, while Dr Ahmed Hafiz from Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust discussed withdrawing oral glucose-lowering medication in frail older people with diabetes.

The aim of the newly founded Forum is to improve the quality of care that older people with diabetes receive and help to highlight areas that need improvement.

The Forum will help patients liaise online directly with real diabetes experts about any health-related issues they may have.

Set-up to serve UK patients, the Forum could in future be used to help patients from other countries.

You can book your place at the event here.

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