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Next meeting: Emotional and Psychological Support for People with Diabetes

Emotional and Psychological Support for People with Diabetes

22nd March 2018, 2:15 to 4:00pm, House of Commons

Being able to access appropriate psychological support is an integral part of self-management, and is a core service component in the NHS Right Care pathway for diabetes.

However, more than three-quarters of people with diabetes were not offered emotional or psychological support when they needed it.

At least four in ten people with diabetes experience emotional or psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety and diabetes distress. This can impact their ability and motivation to self-manage, leading to poorer health outcomes, reduced quality of life, and increased healthcare costs.

How can we ensure fewer people experience difficulties coping with diabetes? And how can we make appropriate support is available across the UK for anyone who needs it?

The APPG will hear from academics, specialists, healthcare professionals and people with diabetes on the supporting evidence, challenges and opportunities.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing diabetes-appg@outlook.com. Due to limits on room capacity, please note that admittance will be on a first come, first served and one organisation, one person basis.


Invitation to submit written evidence

The APPG wants to hear about the psychological support available to people with diabetes and their families. We want to better understand the importance of this service for diabetes self-management and what can be done to improve the support available.

Please consider these evidence sheets with guiding questions:

APPG Evidence Sheet – For people with diabetes

APPG Evidence Sheet – For Healthcare Professionals

APPG Evidence Sheet – For parents and carers of people with diabetes (about themselves)

APPG Evidence Sheet – General

 

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Next meeting: Next steps for the Childhood Obesity Plan

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Next steps for the Childhood Obesity Plan, Tuesday, 30th January 2018

Committee Room 6, Houses of Parliament, 2:00 – 4:00pm

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled over the last 10 years and there are now 11.9 million people at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Whilst Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, a major risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes is being overweight or obese, which more than one in three children in England are by the time they leave primary school.

  • The public, both with and without diabetes, need to be equipped with the information they want and need to help make healthier choices about the food they eat in and out of home. Is clear food labelling an important next step for the plan?
  • Research also shows that there is a clear link between the food and drink adverts children see and their food choices and how much they eat. What role should junk food marketing restrictions have in any updated plan?
  • The sugar reduction programme is aiming for an initial 5% reduction in sugar from foods most commonly eaten by children by March 2018. Should the programme be extended and also made mandatory to ensure we meet these targets?

The APPG for Diabetes welcomed the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan in 2016, looking to the future and further action, what more can we do to tackle the obesity and Type 2 diabetes crisis? What should be the next steps for the Childhood Obesity Plan? The APPG will hear from academics, specialists and healthcare professionals on the supporting evidence, challenges and opportunities.

After speeches by the participants listed below, the Chair will open the discussion to the audience.

Participants:

  • Dr Shreelata Datta, member of the British Medical Association (BMA) Board of Science
  • Caroline Cerny, Lead at Obesity Health Alliance (OHA)
  • Pav Kalsi, Senior Clinical Advisor at Diabetes UK
  • Dr Ana Prokajac, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Prof Jack Winkler, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition Policy at London Metropolitan University

 

If you would like to attend please email diabetes-appg@outlook.com. Please remember that seats are limited and spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

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Next meeting: Diabetes Specialist Nurses

Diabetes Specialist Nurses

Next meeting: 29th November 2017, 4-5:30pm, House of Commons

Agenda is available here.

While having a vital role for people with diabetes, Diabetes Specialist Nurses (DSNs) have been facing overwhelming challenges. The workforce gets smaller while the demand gets bigger, with the ever increasing number of people diagnosed with diabetes. How can we improve the training, retention and progression of Diabetes Specialist Nurses?

The APPG will hear from healthcare professionals and people with diabetes on the importance of DSNs for diabetes care and the challenges faced across the UK.


If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing diabetes-appg@outlook.com. Due to limits on room capacity, please note that admittance will be on a first come, first served and one organisation, one person basis.


Call for evidence: If you have an experience, case study or best practice to share, please contribute to our report and send in a written submission to diabetes-appg@outlook.com until midnight November 26th. Submissions can be in any format and length.

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Next meeting: PHE’s Calorie Reduction Programme – What do we need?

Reduction Programme: What do we need?

Next meeting: 18th October 2017, 4-5:30pm, House of Commons

The agenda is available here

Participants have been asked to consider the following questions:

  • What do you think are the key opportunities presented by the Calorie Reduction Programme and how is your organisation going to make the Calorie Reduction Programme a success?
  • What do you think are the key challenges of the Calorie Reduction Programme and what could your organisation do to overcome them?

After a discussion with the participants listed below, the Chair will open the discussion to the audience.

 Participants:

  • Alison Tedstone, Deputy Director Diet and Obesity, Public Health England (PHE)
  • Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, NHS England
  • Professor Russell Viner, Professor in Adolescent Health, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Andrew Opie, Director of Food and Sustainability, British Retail Consortium (BRC)
  • Kate Halliwell, Nutrition and Health Manager, Food and Drink Federation (FDF)
  • Will Blomefield, Head of UK Government Relations, Tesco
  • Tony Sophoclides, Director of Communications, Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR)
  • Wan Mak, Head of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sodexo UK and Ireland
  • Gabriella Bittante, Policy Manager, British Hospitality Association (BHA)
  • Caroline Cerny, Alliance Lead, Obesity Health Alliance (OHA)
  • Jenny Rosborough, Campaign Manager, Action on Sugar
  • Chris Askew, CEO, Diabetes UK

With 11.9 million people at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and the number of people diagnosed doubling over the last 10 years, strong action is needed to reduce levels of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. The APPG for Diabetes welcomes Public Health England (PHE) recent announcement for a Calorie Reduction Programme. This is the next stage of the Childhood Obesity Programme, and an important step towards making our society healthier. Looking towards ensuring the success of the programme, the APPG will host a roundtable in which specialists, charities, manufacturers, retailers and the out-of-home sector are invited to share their knowledge, experience and concerns with parliamentarians. The information gathered will be used to inform an APPG report.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing diabetes-appg@outlook.com. Due to limits on room capacity, please note that admittance will be on a first come, first served and one organisation, one person basis.

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Report: The Future of Inpatient Diabetes Care

The APPG for Diabetes held an evidence session at the House of Commons on Wednesday 19th April 2017 into the Future of Inpatient Diabetes Care.

The meeting was chaired by the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP and attended by the APPG for Diabetes members Jim Shannon MP and Mary Glindon MP.

Evidence was heard from patient Lesley Doherty; Prof Mike Sampson, Chair JBDS-IP; Gerry Rayman, Lead National Inpatient Diabetes Audit; Dr Mayank Patel, University Hospital Southampton; Dr Kath Higgins, University Hospital Leicester NHS Trust; Dr Partha Kar, Associate National Clinical Director for Diabetes at NHS England.

Written evidence and comments were also submitted by over 50 patients and healthcare professionals.

Read the full report here.

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Next meeting: Access to Technology

Next meeting: 12th September 2017, 12pm-1pm, House of Commons

APPG Diabetes Meeting Agenda_2017 Access to Technology


While new technology offers the hope of making diabetes more manageable, often these innovations do not reach the people who need it the most.

  • A recent survey found that 27 per cent of  respondents have been refused a prescription for blood glucose test strips or have had the number of test strips on their prescription restricted.
  • In addition, 66 per cent of respondents were given no choice of blood glucose meter. One in four were not happy with the meter provided.
  • There is significant variation in the availability of pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) technology.
  • Flash Glucose Monitoring is currently only available for those who can pay privately.

It is time diabetes technology is more accessible to everyone with diabetes who could benefit from their use.

The APPG will hear from healthcare professionals and people with diabetes about why diabetes technology is essential; what progresses and innovations are on the horizon; and what can we do to ensure everyone can access the technology they need to live a happy and healthy life with diabetes.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing diabetes-appg@outlook.com. Due to limits on room capacity, please note that admittance will be on a first come, first served and one organisation, one person basis.


Call for evidence: If you have an experience or best practice to share, please contribute to our report and send in a written submission to diabetes-appg@outlook.com until midnight August 31st.