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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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Next meeting: Diabetes Specialist Nurses

Diabetes Specialist Nurses

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

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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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.

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AGM and 2017 Calendar

Minutes: APPG for Diabetes AGM

5.7.17 5-6pm, PCH Room M

Members in attendance:

  • Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP
  • The Rt Hon George Howarth MP
  • Mr Mark Pritchard MP
  • Mr Faisal Rashid MP
  • Mr Virendra Sharma MP
  • Mr Derek Twigg MP
  • Ms Valerie Vaz MP

Item 1:

Chair, Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, welcomed members to the AGM. Notified attendees that the purpose of meeting was to re-elect the officers of the Group. Chair read out the current roles held by members of the group.

Item 2:

Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP moved to re-elect all officers to their previous roles. No objections. Roles appointed as follows:

  • Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP – Chair
  • Jim Shannon MP – Vice Chair
  • Victoria Atkins MP – Vice Chair
  • Liz McInnes MP – Co-Secretary
  • John McNally MP – Co-Secretary
  • Baroness Ludford – Treasurer

Item 3:

Any other business – none.


The calendar for forthcoming APPG for Diabetes meetings will be:

  • Wednesday, 6th of September – Access to Technology
  • Wednesday, 18th of October – Diabetes Prevention
  • Wednesday, 29th of November – Healthcare Professionals training

Details and speakers will be confirmed ahead of each meeting.

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Update: AGM

Following the General Elections, any All-Party Parliamentary Group wishing to continue must now hold an inaugural meeting and register afresh until the 15th of September.

The APPG for Diabetes will host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the election of officers:

Wednesday, 5th of July 2017

5pm to 6pm

Room M – Portcullis House

The updated calendar of meetings for 2017 will be announced after the AGM.

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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Update: Purdah

From close of business Tuesday 3rd of May to the morning of Friday 9th of June, the APPG for Diabetes technically cease to exist as Parliament will be dissolved. Please be aware All-Party Parliamentary Groups must not be active during this period per rules of Parliament. There will be no events, research or communication through e-mail, website or social media. The Group will reform after the elections.