Diabetes Zone

Time Title
09:30 - 10:30 Anne Phillips
Diabetic foot
Care of people with diabetes at risk of foot disease- Not diabetic foot
10:50 - 11:50 Yvonne Stephenson
Talk tbc
12:10 - 13:10 Sonia Wills
Injection Techniques
14:10 - 15:10 Sonia Wills
T2DM epidemic in primary care
15:30 - 16:30 Sonia Wills
Talk tbc
16:30 Close of conference

Anne Phillips

Bio: Anne Phillips is the Course Director for Community Care and Long Term Conditions at Coventry University. Anne joined Coventry University after nearly 18 years at the University of York where she was a Senior Lecturer in Diabetes Care. Anne is a Queens Nurse and also has a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy. Anne was awarded the Quality in Care Diabetes Educator Award in 2016 by Diabetes UK. Anne is the editor of the very successful primary care textbook for health professionals - Principles of Diabetes Care which was published in its 2nd edition in 2017 by MA Healthcare. Anne PhD doctorate focussed on the catalyst that health practitioners in particular primary care practitioners can be with people living with diabetes and how person centred diabetes education is the essence of diabetes care.

Abstract: Diabetes is a multi-system long term condition and its complications are all completely preventable. However missed opportunities, late screening and lack of person-centred education can trigger rapid deterioration in people with sub-optimally managed diabetes. Diabetes is still the leading cause of foot and lower leg amputation in the UK and this needs attention as this can be prevented, and limbs saved.

Sonia Willis
RGN, BA Hons, PG Cert Diabetes, PG Cert Healthcare Education

Bio: Passionate about enhancing the quality of healthcare provided to patients with Diabetes, Sonia juggles lots of roles. Clinically, she works in a General Practice in Rotherham as Diabetes/CVD specialist nurse. As a freelance National Trainer for “Education for Health” (Warwick) she delivers their high quality diploma and degree level Diabetes courses and is their lead marker. Sonia also designs bespoke educational workshops and study days for Health Care Professionals on behalf of other training organisations, such as Knowledge4Nurses and Rotherham Respiratory. She educates patients with type 2 diabetes regularly as a freelance DESMOND Educator in Sheffield, and has also developed her own follow-on self-management programme entitled “DiabEasy as 123”. Having studied and learned a lot over the years through constant development and practical experience, it is her absolute pleasure to share what she knows to inspire others to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to provide excellent diabetes care.

Injection Technique: This practical and interactive session will cover the considerations for educating patients on correct injection technique for GLP1 devices and a variety of insulin pen devices. It also covers the common problems and pitfalls that patients encounter, and how nurses in primary care should suspect, inspect and detect problems with injection sites. There will be advice on the actions to take in various scenarios and how to support improved self-management for patients with diabetes who require injectable therapy.

Type 2 Diabetes “Epidemic” in Primary Care: What is happening? Why have the numbers of Type 2 diabetes tripled in the last two decades? This interactive workshop will explore the huge impact diabetes is having on the workload of the Primary Care workforce and why it is becoming more and more relevant for primary care nurses to understand the causes and risk factors for Type 2 diabetes as it is encountered much more often in everyday clinical practice. Discussions will consider how it can be identified early and what can be done to stem the prevalence of this often-preventable condition.

Yvonne Stephenson

Bio:: Yvonne Stephenson has been working with people with diabetes for over 10 years in her role as a practice nurse. She has a wealth of experience and is passionate about improving the care and outcomes for people with diabetes.

She also works as a DESMOND Educator taking her interest for education out to patients for a whole day of personal education.

In her practice nurse role she is part of the practise team that runs pre-diabetes education evenings in an active prevention of diabetes.

She works as a trainer for Education for Health on the diabetes courses and one day events. She finds the theory and practical aspects of diabetes care very stimulating and training at Education for Health supports nurses and their further education and development, which is something she firmly believes is vital for today’s nurse.