Diabetes UK Conference, Glasgow, March 2016
At the start of March, the My Diabetes My Way team attended and presented at the Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference at the SECC in Glasgow. This is the only event of its kind in the UK, run exclusively for healthcare professionals and scientists working in the field of diabetes. The event allows the sharing of best practice, latest research and provides great opportunities to network with colleagues.
On Wednesday 2nd March, Dr Debbie Wake delivered a presentation discussing the use of My Diabetes My Way in Scotland. Debbie was joined by patient representative Andy McQueen from Dundee, who explained his experiences and how he finds the service useful. During the session we also heard from teams at King's College and Newham Hospitals in London, who described their experiences with 'virtual clinics'. Virtual clinics, using video conferencing and online communications tools, are currently being trialled and will be available to all users of My Diabetes My Way later this year. The aim is to allow easier access to healthcare teams for advice between traditional face-to-face appointments.
On Thursday 3rd March, Dr Scott Cunningham delivered a second presentation, discussing the main features of My Diabetes My Way, how people use it and results obtained from evaluation surveys. Both presentations generated a lot of feedback and positive comments from delegates, while the My Diabetes My Way news feed on Twitter increased significantly in activity!
The final day of the conference on Friday 4th March saw our colleagues at Diabetes Scotland and the JUST DUK1T team explain the Youth Engagement Toolkit that is currently under development. We will be working them during the course of this year to provide an electronic version for use by the target groups of patients.
During the conference, Lyn Wilson and students Fez Mughal and Davy He also presented posters containing more detail on the use of My Diabetes My Way and evaluation surveys carried out during 2015. Overall, the conference was an excellent opportunity to identify new ideas that can improve the My Diabetes My Way service, and we look forward to bringing some of them to you over the coming weeks and months.
Dr Deborah Wake delivering a presentation discussing the use of My Diabetes My Way in Scotland.
Lyn Wilson with her poster containing more detail on the use of My Diabetes My Way
Our patient representative Andy McQueen delivering a presentation discussing his experience with My Diabetes My Way
Dr Scott Cunningham with his poster containing details of SCI-Diabetes, Diasend and My Diabetes My Way