Tagged: diabetes

A dissemination event about the role of Skype consultations in a Diabetes service – Upton Park 9:30-13:30

From a email sent to colleagues, I know nothing more about this than what’s below… Jo

Via the Barts Health NHS Trust


Diabetes Review, Engagement and Management via Skype

Are web-based consultations a useful tool for supporting patient self-management in diabetes?


18 March 2015

West Ham United Football Club, Boleyn Ground
Green Street, Upton Park, London E13 9AZ

Focus & Aims
The DREAMS study, led by Barts Health NHS Trust, explored the role of remote (‘Skype’) consultations in patients who find it difficult to engage with and attend diabetes services. The research, which ran between January 2012 and December 2014, aimed to provide a better understanding of how the introduction of remote consultations alter patterns of service use, the experience of remote consultations from the perspective of patients and service staff, and the challenges of introducing remote consultations in a clinical setting.

The purpose of the workshop is to share and discuss key findings from the DREAMS study. The event will focus on the personal experience of patients and service staff using Skype consultations, quantitative and qualitative outcomes that informed its implementation, and the key lessons and recommendations for other services.

The workshop is organised by the research team involved in the DREAMS study, which was funded by the Health Foundation.

Presentations will be by clinical and research staff, and patients involved in the DREAMS study. Lunch will be provided after presentation and discussion sessions

Presentation topics will include:

  • Background and aims of the DREAMS study
  • How the introduction of Skype altered service use
  • Patient and service staff views and experience of Skype consultations
  • Guidance and recommendations on implementation and use of Skype in clinic settings


Registration Information
The event is free but places are limited, so to book a place email Joe Wherton at j.wherton@qmul.ac.uk , before March 6th. For more information about the event please contact Joe Wherton on 020 7882 2512 or Desiree Campbell-Richards on 020 7363 8569.


IDDT – West Midlands #Diabetes Study Day – Birmingham, 16th May for #hcps

Aimed at healthcare professionals (hcps).

West Midlands Diabetes Study Day

Friday, 16th May, 2014
The Paragon Hotel, 145 Alcester Street, Birmingham B12 0PJ
9am to 4.15pm

Organised by the InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT), this is the second in a brand new series of Diabetes Study Days, which aim to inform, inspire and educate the healthcare community.

Programme and booking details (PDF).

[Job, London] @DiabetesUK, Clinical Advisor x2, c£40k, clos 8 July 2013

You get to go on the telly and stuff as well 🙂

Diabetes UK
Clinical Advisor x2

Job description: Job_Description-Clinical_Advisors_x2

Job Tenure:
» 1 x permanent fulltime post
» 1 x fulltime fixed term contract (until March 2014)

Location: Camden, London
Salary:  Circa £40,000 per annum
Application closing date:  Monday 08 July 2013 (9.00am)
Interview date: July 2013 TBC

Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today. Diabetes UK is the country’s largest charity devoted to the care, treatment and improvement of the quality of life for people with diabetes.  Our success in supporting people is underpinned by our clear and consistent values relating to high performance, integrity, empowering, valuing others and working together.

Are you passionate about improving diabetes care?  Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding post?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two clinical advisors to join the Policy and Care Improvement Directorate – one permanent post to cover a retirement and one fixed term contract providing maternity cover.  We are looking for motivated, innovative, enthusiastic team players with excellent communication and organisation skills to join our dynamic team. 

The clinical team works closely with the Head of Care to create the conditions to improve standards of diabetes care and the lives of people with and at risk diabetes.   The team is responsible for the production of high quality clinical and policy information that reflect Diabetes UK’s health agenda and how it relates to people living with diabetes and people working within the field of diabetes care. 

We are looking for a Diabetes Specialist Nurse and/or Specialist Dietitian with at least 4 years clinical experience and at least one years experience working in a diabetes specialist area.  You will have a sound knowledge of diabetes and challenges facing diabetes care and be able to show evidence of professional development. 

The work is varied and no two days are the same.  The post-holder will develop consistent, high quality information and education interventions, share clinical knowledge and indentify needs for care programmes and tools for people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals.  You will be an expert clinical resource for internal colleagues and network with external agencies impacting on the care of people with and at risk of diabetes.

The applicant should be dynamic, forward thinking and work imaginatively.  You should be able to work independently and as part of a team and be flexible while working to tight deadlines. 

In return, we provide Group Personal Pension scheme, Childcare Voucher scheme, flexi-time working, Life Assurance/Death in Service Benefits and enhanced Annual Leave entitlement.

For more information and to apply please visit www.i-appoint.co.uk/diabetesuk and complete our downloadable application form. Select the appropriate vacancy and click ‘Apply For Job’. If not registered already you will be required to register on the i-appoint website.

Please ensure you address the essential criteria in your application’s supporting statement. All applications must be made using the form – we cannot accept CVs.

#Diabetes Manager – a free iPhone app for people w diabetes, from Patient.co.uk

This is a sort of but not quite press release about a new diabetes app for people with smartphones. Not investigated it myself, this comes from the wonderful CHAIN (Contact, Help, Advice & Information Network) which I have recommended many times on this blog before and continue to do so. It’s free to sign up.

‘I would like to let people with an interest in Diabetes know about a brand new free application Patient.co.uk have launched ahead of next week’s Diabetes Week, which helps people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes to easily record and monitor their condition.

Called ‘Diabetes Manager’ the application tracks various key indicators such as the number and severity of hypos, blood glucose levels and food and drink intake and is completely customisable.

Commenting on the application, Dr Hayley Willacy, who peer-reviewed Diabetes Manager said: “One of the most useful and practical aspects to this app is the ability for patients to see their records easily in a graph and save their most notable records as talking points to discuss with their GP. What’s more they can export and share their results with their doctor.”

David Cragg, a patient with diabetes who provided user insight to our team during the development of the app said: “It’s great that an organisation such as Patient.co.uk has engaged people with diabetes to help shape their iPhone application. The resulting application has some truly unique features, such as marking notable entries to help locate results when discussing concerns with health care professionals.”

To find out more and download the app you can visit: http://www.patient.co.uk/press-releases/launch-of-free-clinically-backed-diabetes-manager-app

See also: Diabetes UK Tracker app for people with diabetes (available for iPhone and Android) – this app won the Third Sector Excellence Award for use of digital media, in September 2012.

The stem cell scammers – reblogged from Mindhacks

“Ukraine has become a world centre for untested stem cell treatments where patients can fly in and have embryonic stem cells implanted in their brain to supposedly treat everything from Alzheimer’s disease to autism.

These treatments are entirely unproven and are illegal in most of the world but are available for anyone wanting to pay the price.”

Source: http://mindhacks.com/2012/12/24/the-stem-cell-scammers/ via @EdYong209

It’s the same for diabetes.

When I worked at Diabetes UK I spoke to / emailed a number of people who wanted to know more about stem cell ‘cures’ for diabetes. Sadly there aren’t any, despite whizzy websites of companies based abroad where regulation might be… more relaxed than it is in the UK.

If you have a stem cell ‘treatment’ abroad where will you go for follow-up treatment, and what happens if things go wrong? Is your GP sent a copy of any records?

It’s a scam. Avoid.

Further reading

Cost Rica shuts stem cell clinic Reuters (2 June 2010)

“This isn’t allowed in any serious country in the world,” Health Minister Maria Luisa Avila said in a telephone interview.

Europe’s largest stem cell clinic shut down after death of baby The Telegraph (8 May 2011)

“The closure of the XCell-Center in Dusseldorf follows an undercover investigation by The Sunday Telegraph into its controversial practices, which attracted hundreds of patients from the UK. The clinic charged patients up to £20,000 for stem cell injections into the back and brain despite a lack of scientific proof that the treatments actually worked.”

I don’t know the particulars relating to the baby, beyond the news reports – to be honest I think it would have been sufficient to shut this clinic down for offering (and charging for) unevidenced treatments.

Founder of XCell stem cell clinic accused of stealing to fund lavish lifestyle The Telegraph (30 June 2012)
“I did not spend any money from XCell for private means, including a yacht.”

See also:

In the Flesh: The Embedded Dangers of Untested Stem Cell Cosmetics Scientific American (17 December 2012)
Unapproved procedures and skin care products endanger consumers and clinical research
A woman who’d had her own stem cells (from stomach fat) injected into the area around her eyes for cosmetic purposes was rather surprised to discover bony growths appearing in her eyelids, causing her pain.