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posted 13/10/2019

DUET diabetes team is expanding!

 

We are pleased to announce that two experienced diabetes educators are going to start running our workshops from next week.  Karen will be involved with all workshops except the 'diabetes update for registered nurses' and 'diabetic foot screening' workshops.  As an experienced registered podiatrist, Gemma will be sharing her skills and knowledge within the 'diabetic foot screening' workshops.  Visit our 'about us' page to find out more about Karen and Gemma.  

posted 11/10/2019

Hypo Awareness Week 2019: 30 September - 6 October 

As in previous years, we have supported the valuable national diabetes campaign that is 'Hypo Awareness Week' once again.  To find out what we got up to, read more...

posted 26/06/2019

New open workshop planned

 

After a successful Diabetes & Healthy Eating open workshop was held in Dereham during DIABETES WEEK earlier this month, we plan to schedule more sessions in other venues later in the year.  We invite interested parties to get in touch so that future workshops take place in locations suitable for people looking to attend.

 

 

posted 27/01/2019

Dates for your diary 2019

We would like to share some dates for local conferences and national diabetes related awareness campaigns:

Conferences

  • Suffolk Care Conference, 21 March 2019 at Wherstead Park.  Organised by SAICP (Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers).  More information regarding the programme and how to book visit the SAICP website

  • 'The changing face of general practice nursing' conference (Midlands and East), 26 March 2019 at The Woodlands Centre, Wyboston, Bedfordshire.  Organised by Health Education England and NHS England. For information regarding the programme and how to book click here.

  • Care for Norfolk Conference, 22 May 2019 at Norwich City Football Ground.  For more information contact Kelsea at info@angliantraining.co.uk

Campaigns

  • Insulin Safety Week (ISW) 20 - 26 May 2019.  Organised by Orange Juice Communications. 343 sites took part in the inaugural, nationally-organised ISW last year.  We would encourage health and care providers to register and take part to raise awareness amongst colleagues, families and patients/residents/clients.  Like hospitals and GP practices, care homes can run events and activities to improve understanding and reduce insulin errors.   #THINKINSULIN

  • Diabetes Awareness week 10 - 16 June 2019.  This is an annual UK-wide event set up by the charity Diabetes UK with the week devoted to raising awareness of diabetes and raising money to help fund research into the condition. The theme for this year is yet to be announced. 

  • Hypo Awareness Week (HAW) 30 Sept - 6 Oct 2019.  Organised by Orange Juice Communications. A record breaking 549 sites took part last year, including a number of care homes in the East. More details regarding this year's campaign will be available later in the year however in the meantime you can register your site by emailing Oliver at oliver.jelley@ojpr.co.uk   #HypoAwarenessWeek

posted 26/01/2019

Happy New Year!

The end of last year ended in a flurry of activities - workshops, conferences and our second 'Epilepsy and Diabetes Snapshot training morning':

World Diabetes Day 14 November 2018 - thank you to the organisers of the "You, Me & Diabetes" event in Great Yarmouth and for inviting us to be involved. Those that attended certainly received a comprehensive overview of the condition, the medications used, advice on taking care of themselves, local services and more. 

Snapshot training morning 15 November 2018 - along with Anglian Training we ran our second epilepsy and diabetes event and were delighted that the hall at Blackbourne Hall was full with over 70 people.  We would like to thank our guest speakers from 'Epilepsy action' and Lorna Rouse (Open University) who shared details of her research into the quality of diabetes care appointments for people with learning disabilities.  Lee and Michael brought to life what it is like to live with diabetes and epilepsy and some of it's complications (long term health problems) by sharing personal experiences.  The raffle raised £100 to be split equally between the charities'Diabetes UK' and 'Epilepsy Action'. 

posted 29/10/2018

The treatment of hypoglycaemia for adults

 

Updated guidance for the treatment of hypoglycaemia  in the community (trend-UK) and in hospital (JBDS-IP) has been issued this year. Please be aware that Lucozade is no longer recommended.

"100mls of Lucozade was a previous choice for use in treating hypoglycaemia but in 2017 the glucose content was reduced, therefore, a greater volume is required and the benefit/effect is delayed so this is no longer advised"

posted 23/10/2018

Hypo Awareness Week Excellence Award 2018 runner up

We were thrilled to be contacted by the organisers of the 'Hypo awareness week' national annual campaign with the news that DUET diabetes Ltd has received a 'highly commended' award for our endeavours.

 

There are some amazing events and activities which take place up and down the country during the campaign week and beyond; although we are not a large organisation, we try to do ‘our bit’ to help make a difference!

Click here to read a little about what we did...

 

A number of organisations helped us to spread the word about this national campaign, such as Norfolk & Suffolk Care Support, Norfolk Independent Care, Care Development East, Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers,

the Care Homes team at Ipswich and East Suffolk & West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups. Thank you for all your assistance - we wanted to ensure that the local care workforce heard about this great initiative and were inspired to 

take part.  Hypo Awareness Week 2018 was the best year yet with 542 sites participating nationally!  

posted 16/10/2018

Free Snapshot Training Mornings

 

Further to our news item posted on 25 May 2018, the Norwich event on 17 September saw nearly 80 people attend West Costessey Hall.  They had a useful and interesting overview of Epilepsy, types of seizure, living with epilepsy & first aid.  We would like to thank our guest speakers from 'Epilepsy action' and 'Opening Doors', as well as Michael and his guide dog Quizzy who shared personal experiences of what it is like to live with diabetes and some of it's complications (long term health problems).  We were able to raise £102 in the raffle to be split equally between the charities'Diabetes UK' and 'Epilepsy Action'.  We hope to at least match that on 15 November in Elmswell!

15 November 2018: Elmswell, Suffolk 

As with the Norfolk event, the morning in Elmswell will be a split of epilepsy and diabetes information. Additional information regarding the programme content will be available within the next few days; once again Michael and Quizzy will be taking part.  From the diabetes perspective we will be focusing on hypos, peripheral neuropathy and diabetes with learning disability.  In one of the diabetes sessions Lorna Rouse (from The Open University) will be sharing some findings from research into the experience of diabetes care appointments for adults with mild-to-moderate learning disabilities, their supporters and healthcare professionals; with the aim to improve understanding of these interactions.

 

More details are on the flyer.

Places are limited to 2 per organisation; please contact us to book your place(s) or to find out more information.  

posted 14/10/2018

World Diabetes Day 14 November 2018

 #WDD2018

 

Get involved and spread the word...organise an activity? wear blue for the day? 

World Diabetes Day is a global campaign which was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organisation and takes place on the 14th November every year.  The theme for this year and 2019 is 'The Family and Diabetes', with the aim to:

  • Raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected.

  • Promote the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes

It is reported that 80% of cases of Type 2 diabetes are preventable through the adoption of healthier lifestyles.  

More information and resources can be found on the campaign's website

 

What are the team at DUET diabetes planning for 14 November?

We will be attending the "You, Me & Diabetes" event taking place at the King's Centre in Great Yarmouth.  This is a free forum providing advice and support about living with diabetes or pre-diabetes.  Helen, our Educational and Training Lead, will be running one of the sessions which will include some dietary advice.  More details are on the flyer.

 

posted 03/09/2018

Hypo Awareness Week 24 - 30 September 2018

 #HAW2018  #HypoAwarenessWeek

 

Treating a hypo quickly and effectively can make a massive difference to people with diabetes.  Hypo Awareness Week is taking place from September 24 to 30 and we are delighted to be among those taking part. It’s a vital national drive to raise awareness of hypoglycaemia and improve outcomes.  

Care providers can register and receive on-line and printed resource packs to assist in running activities/events for their staff, families and residents/service users. Through inclusive, fun and informative activities, care providers can potentially improve awareness; perhaps resulting in the avoidance or reduction of hypos happening, or staff recognising and dealing with a hypo more confidently.  Hypo awareness week is always a timely reminder to audit hypo kits!

The campaign is organised by Orange Juice Communications and funded by Sanofi. To find out more and/or to register to take part visit https://hypoawarenessweek.com/

We are running a Diabetes Awareness Training workshop on Monday 24 September to coincide with this campaign. Either give us a call or visit our workshops page for more information.

posted 11/06/2018

Diabetes Week 11-17 June 2018

  #talkaboutdiabetes   #diabetesweek

 

Organised by the charity Diabetes UK, this special week is now the annual focal point for the charity’s diabetes awareness, campaigning and fundraising activities.  Visit the Diabetes UK website to find out more...

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/diabetes-week

posted 25/05/2018

Free Snapshot Training Mornings

We are delighted to be working with another training provider, Anglian Training (based in Norfolk), to offer two free 'snapshot training mornings' each covering epilepsy and diabetes.  These are taking place at two locations in the autumn - one in Norwich in September and the other in Elmswell (Suffolk) in November.  

These mornings will be useful for anyone working in the adult health and care sectors (and those working with 'post 16 special needs' individuals or groups) - we will providing some basic awareness as well as up to date information regarding some elements of epilepsy and diabetes.

More details are on the flyer.

Places are limited to 2 per organisation; please contact us to book your place(s) or to find out more information.  

posted 21 May 2018

National Insulin Safety week

May 14 - 20, 2018

This was the first national campaign to highlight the importance of ensuring that insulin administration is managed safely.

The campaign was organised by Orange Juice Communications and funded by Sanofi. 

It focused on the principles of the '6 Rs' and 399 sites predominantly from Primary and Secondary care with some interest from the care sector took part. 

To see how DUET diabetes participated in the campaign go to our blog page

This week is Diabetes Week; 11 - 17 June 2017

For information about how DUET diabetes is supporting Diabetes Week please click on the link below:

https://www.careandnursing-magazine.co.uk/care_news

posted 12/06/2017

Warning over Lucozade Sugar reduction!!!

Many people with diabetes rely on Lucozade to treat hypoglycaemia (hypo). However, the sugar content of Lucozade has been halved. The new formula, which will apply to all Lucozade flavours as well as the original, will be implemented from April 2017. This change will affect the amount of Lucozade people need to drink to correct a hypo and as there will be stocks of both old and new Lucozade in the shops for a while, it may lead to under correcting a hypo. 

For more information follow the link below:

http://diabetestimes.co.uk/hypo-warning-over-lucozade-sugar-reduction/

 

posted 12/06/2017

Open Workshops - Diabetes Awareness Training special offer

DUET diabetes is pleased to offer its customers one free place for every 10 places booked on the Diabetes Awareness Training Open Workshops. 

Click here For details of dates, venues and prices of the Open Workshops 

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