New venues for diabetic foot screening open workshops
Due to an increased demand for our 'diabetic foot screening' workshop, we are in the process of identifying venues and dates to run this popular workshop across the country during 2024 at new locations (north, south east and west!).
Diabetic foot checks are part of the regular ‘key care processes’ everyone living with diabetes should receive. Using NICE guidelines as a framework, this evidence based workshop aims to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to competently examine and screen the diabetic foot for potential and actual problems.
It’s not just the theory! In an interactive and safe learning environment, attendees put their new knowledge into practice.
Details for the first open workshop in 2024 will be announced soon - it will be in Milton Keynes on 21 January 2024. Please email us if you would like to reserve a place.
Our regular training venue in Needham Market (Suffolk), has it's first 2024 session scheduled for 23 January2024. For more information (including how to book), visit our diabetic foot screening workshops page.
More information about this comprehensive training for people working in health and social care roles can be found on our 'hands on feet' workshops page. We have had a wide range of people attending previous workshops: nurses (primary care, community and social care), social care providers (at all levels - carers, seniors, clinical leads, managers), healthcare assistants, nurse associates, physician assistants, trainee nurse associates, podiatrists, chiropodists, foot health practitioners - the list is long!
If you are interested in accessing this training but have some questions prior to booking, please do not hesitate to contact us - we are always happy to chat and answer your queries.
Diabetes Professional Care Conference, November 15 & 16 November 2023 (#DPC2023)
We are delighted and excited to be exhibiting at the highly popular and well respected Diabetes Professional Care conference this month. It takes place over two days at Olympia in London. Two jammed packed days covering prevention, treatment and management of diabetes and its related conditions.
Our founder and Service Lead, Lynne, will be attending the event and as well as listening to some of the sessions, she will be available to chat to on our stand. So head over to Stand P7 if you would like to know more about the service we provide and how we can work collaboratively with you to drive the outcomes you desire and make a positive difference to the lives of adults living with diabetes.
For more information about the event, including booking places, visit the DPC website
New venue for open workshops - Chester
There has been an increasing amount of interest in our 'hands on feet' portfolio of training over the last few months, in particular for the 'diabetic foot screening' from Foot Health Practitioners. It is great to hear from and to be able to support a wider range of professionals wanting to increase their knowledge and confidence when treating clients with diabetes.
As a result we are planning to run the 'diabetic foot screening' workshop in lots of new locations in 2024 and have been researching and sourcing suitable venues. The first of these venues is in Chester where we have scheduled the following workshops for the coming Autumn:
Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (ABPI) Assessment - 10 October 2023, more info to be shared soon on our website as well as via our social media channels!
Please get in touch if you would like us to run any of our workshops as in house sessions for your organisation, discuss bespoke training, or to talk to us about organising open workshops in your locality. It helps us to hear from people wanting to access our training, to ensure that we plan and deliver sessions in areas where there is interest/a need!
For Suffolk Care Providers - Free bite-sized webinar workshop during
Hypo Awareness Week (HAW), 11-17 September 2023
In collaboration with The Suffolk Care Association, we are running a free 'hypo awareness' webinar for people working for adult social care providers in Suffolk on 12 September at 2pm.
As an organisation, DUET diabetes has always encouraged social care providers as well as healthcare providers to get involved to raise awareness amongst colleagues, families and patients/residents/service users. The organisers of this campaign (Orange Juice PR) provide lots of useful tips and great support materials (online and printed). Our advice to register early if you want to receive printed materials to help with communications and activities, as there is a limited amount available. More information, including how to register, can be found on the hypo awareness week website.
To book places for our FREE HYPO AWARENESS WEBINAR on 12 September, please email email@example.com
posted 26/06/2023 and updated 09/08/2023
New open workshop dates for Diabetic Foot Screening training sessions...
We have now started to schedule open workshop dates for the Autumn - 2 dates have been agreed for Lampeter in Wales (13 September) and Needham Market in Suffolk (27 September). We are also finalising venue and date for Barnsley in Yorkshire, so watch this space!...Barnsley workshop scheduled for 10 September 2023.
For more details, including flyers to share with interested colleagues, please visit our diabetic foot screening open workshops page
Care Home Open Week, 26-3 July 2023
Hosted by Championing Social Care, this awareness campaign aims to connect care homes across the country with their community. The week provides the opportunity for care homes to showcase the facilities and services they offer as well the fantastic career opportunities that exist in the sector.
Find out more
The importance of diabetic foot awareness for beauty and wellness professionals!
During National Feet Week, Phoenix Holistic & Complementary Therapy Training Managing Director Louise Searles and Suzanne Clayton, Brand Development Manager and Interim Head of Education at Louella Belle thought it was the perfect time to sit down for a foot related chat including:
• How professionals can help but that also ‘at home’ footcare is important
• Referrals onto foot healthcare professionals from therapists (such as reflexologists)
• Footlogix – the ‘medi-pedi’ option being able to not just pamper but deal with certain problems (such as cracked heels)
• New course for reflexologists to add pedicure to their skill set to meet client requests
and so much more!
Big thanks to Louise and Suzanne :)
Also, to complement Louise and Suzanne’s conversation, two of our team (Lynne and Gareth) thought they would record their insight concerning ‘The Importance of Diabetic Foot Awareness for the Beauty & Holistic Therapy Sectors’ (and the benefit of getting to know your local podiatrists and foot health practitioners!).
The chat includes :
• Why diabetic foot awareness for the beauty and wellness/holistic therapy sector is important
• How to access the online course ‘diabetic foot awareness for beauty and wellness therapists’
• How education, communication and collaboration can potentially make a difference for people living with diabetes to maintain healthy and intact feet
…and lots more!
These two videos can be viewed here
For Suffolk Care Providers - Free bite-sized webinar workshop during INSULIN SAFETY WEEK
As in previous years, we will be busy raising awareness of the safe use of insulin during INSULIN SAFETY WEEK next month. One of our planned activities is to run a bite-sized (90 minute) webinar workshop for people working for adult social care providers in Suffolk on 19 May 2023, 1.30pm-3pm, entitled 'Insulin Awareness: the 6Rs and more!
(see attached flyer).
In order to maintain an interactive environment and allow attendees to unmute to engage with the educator (an experienced diabetes specialist nurse), we are limiting attendance to 25 people (and no more than 4 people
from one care provider). For more information or to book places, please get in touch via our contacts page.
Interim findings of diabetes guidance for care home staff published
Lynne, our Founder and current Service Lead was delighted to be asked by Professor Alan Sinclair to be part of the National Advisory Panel on Care Home Diabetes in 2020. After a considerable amount of work and effort by the 'Prof' (who chaired this initiative) and panel colleagues, a very comprehensive strategic document and associated guidelines where published in May last year.
The hope is that these new guidelines are seen as a ‘go-to resource’ for care providers and healthcare professionals supporting residents living with diabetes. Not to sit on the shelf gaining dust, the appendices provide lots of useful resources and practical information!
Recently Lynne was involved in co-authoring the 'interim findings' in relation to this ongoing initiative which has subsequently been published in Diabetic Medicine; "Enhancing diabetes care for the most vulnerable in the 21st century: Interim findings of the National Advisory Panel on Care Home Diabetes (NAPCHD)".
There is still more to do and plenty for those with a passion for making a difference to older people living with diabetes to get their teeth stuck into!
Insulin Safety Week 2023 (#ISW), 15-21 May 2023
This is a national awareness campaign organised by Orange Juice PR and funded by Sanofi, GlucoRx and embecta.
We would encourage all social care providers who support people requiring insulin, to register and take part to raise awareness amongst colleagues, families and residents/service users. Like hospitals and GP practices, care providers can run events and activities to improve understanding and reduce insulin errors.
More information can be found on the INSULIN SAFETY WEEK website, including how to register and access online and printed resources including posters, balloons and t-shirts to support your activities.
DUET diabetes to exhibit at the Foot & Ankle Show 2023
We are delighted to announce that we will be travelling up to Liverpool to attend the two day event taking place 2-3 February 2023. The Foot and Ankle Show promises to provide a great mix of CPD (from a wide variety of speakers/workshops), networking opportunities and plenty of time to get to know the exhibitors and their products/services.
You will find us on stand 24 - come and say hello!
Tickets for the event are available directly from the Foot & Ankle Show website.
Hypo Awareness Week 2022 activities...
It is always great to see our endeavours reported in national publications. We spent Hypo Awareness week (HAW) providing educational sessions for Hallmark Care Homes in two of their homes, which (not surprisingly) included discussions around hypoglycaemia; what is a hypo, who may be affected, spotting signs, how to treat and much more. Read the article produced by the HAW organisers here
Diabetes workshops for Suffolk care providers - collaboration with the Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers
With the national prevalence of diabetes in care homes being at 25%, and many residents living with some level of frailty, it is key for employers to ensure that team members have the relevant knowledge and confidence when supporting people living with diabetes.
Working with the Business Development Manager, Sandie Oxborrow, at the Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers (SAICP), we have scheduled a range of workshops to take place at the SAICP training room in Needham Market. Please visit our open workshops page to find out more.
On the 1 November 2022 we are running a free 'hypo awareness' webinar for Suffolk care providers to further educate and support the care sector regarding the importance of understanding hypoglycaemia, who is at risk of a hypo and how to treat. To find out more and to register, please click here.
Our collaboration with Louella Belle Training Academy has expanded!
Following on from the success of the live course, Louella Belle and DUET diabetes are delighted to announce the launch of the Evergreen Diabetic Foot Awareness workshop, available to purchase and access virtually via the Louella Belle Training Academy.
This Evergreen Diabetic Foot Awareness workshop has been designed for beauty and wellness therapists to understand the diabetic foot and feel confident of when to go ahead with treatments and when to leave alone.
Find out more here.
Launch of diabetes training across Hallmark Care Homes
DUET diabetes has been working collaboratively with Hallmark to launch a diabetes training roll out programme. The purpose is to refresh, clarify and consolidate knowledge as well as provide the opportunity to increase understanding and gain new skills. In doing so, the workshops also introduce the care teams to the recently published comprehensive guidelines from the National Advisory Panel on Care Home Diabetes (NAPCHD).
Read more here
Hypo Awareness Week is back for 2022!
Following a phenomenally successful Hypo Awareness Week 2021 (HAW), the campaign is back this year. More information can be found via the following link https://hypoawarenessweek.com/
As an organisation, DUET diabetes has always encouraged care providers as well as healthcare providers to get involved to raise awareness amongst colleagues, families and patients/residents/service users. The organisers of this campaign (Orange Juice PR) provide lots of useful tips and support materials (online and printed). Our advice to register early if you want to receive printed materials to help with communications and activities, as there is a limited amount available.
Hypo Awareness Week – 3-9 October 2022
New care home diabetes guidelines - now available & launch date!
The National Advisory Panel on Care Home Guidance (NAPCHD), chaired by Professor Alan Sinclair of King’s College and fDROP, has created the comprehensive guidelines to improve diabetes care in care homes.
Professor Sinclair, who is the lead author, is hosting a webinar entitled ‘Launch of the official NAPCHD Strategic Document of Diabetes Care’, to share the key recommendations provided in the care home document. The online event will be taking place on Thursday, 19 May, between 1pm and 2pm.
Read about Professor Sinclair's thoughts and hopes regarding the guidelines within an article from Diabetes Times.
To view the guidelines please click here
Back to 'the classroom'!
We are delighted to be resuming face to face workshops next month. Our first 'open workshop' where individual places can be booked is a 'diabetic foot screening' session. A popular and very much a 'hands on' practical training session we are pleased to be able to offer this valuable training once again.
For people working in health &/or social care roles, this workshop provides a useful refresher for more experienced staff or a comprehensive introduction to those new to carrying out 'diabetic foot screening'.
So if you are seeking an informative, interactive and practical diabetic foot check training session send us an email, call us on 01799 584178 or head over to our 'hands on feet' training page for more information!
New care home diabetes guidelines to be launched...
Lynne, our Director and Service Lead, was invited to be involved with the National Advisory Panel on Care Home Diabetes (NAPCHD) towards the end of 2020. The aim being "to bring about a culture change in the way residents with diabetes are cared for in order to bring about sustained benefits".
Being involved with anything that can potentially enhance the well-being, quality of life, and clinical outcomes of residents living with diabetes is always worthwhile in our view!
The culmination of hard work and expertise from a multi stakeholder group has led to the production of a Strategic Document of Diabetes Care, which includes valuable recommendations/guidelines and various useful resources. The official launch takes place on 7 April at midday as a webinar event and is led by the Chair of the NAPCHD, Professor Alan Sinclair.
We hope to see lots of our health and social care colleagues who are involved in the care of older people with diabetes tuning in to the event to find out more! To register places to attend click here.
Discount code expiry date extended!
Ankle Brachial Pressure Index Assessment webinar workshop, 19 April 2022. Bookable via Eventbrite
Diabetic Foot Screening face to face workshop raking place in Elmswell (Suffolk) on 18 May 2022.
Bookable via Eventbrite
If you would prefer by BACS, please email us to reserve places and request an invoice...remembering to quote NFW15 to get your discount!!
New webinar workshop dates announced and new team members...
More dates have been scheduled for our LIVE & INTERACTIVE webinar workshops for the Autumn, including a new offering - 'Diabetes: eating for health'. Head over to our virtual workshops page for more information.
The team at DUET diabetes is expanding - find out more on the about us page!
Diabetes Awareness virtual workshop - new date scheduled
We are pleased to announce that a new date has been scheduled to run another live and interactive 'diabetes awareness and blood glucose monitoring & glucometer training' webinar workshop. This will be taking place on 13 September 2021 during HYPO AWARENESS WEEK (13-19 September).
For more information regarding the content of the workshop, please head over to our workshops page
Places can be booked and paid for via Eventbrite or
You can also contact us directly to find more or make arrangements to pay via BACS - one of the team will be more than happy to answer your questions and help.
New!! Online mini modules available...
We are delighted to share with you news of a new collaboration! Along with Nicola O'Brian from Love Your Feet (LYF Training), we are launching our 'Hands on Feet' Training online mini modules today at the Foot & Ankle Show Digital
This month the 'Diabetic Foot Screening' mini module series will go live as will a separate mini module dedicated to the neuropad® (the 10 minute screening test), with more planned...
Read more here.
Upcoming National Diabetes Campaigns - dates for your diary!
TYPE 2 DIABETES PREVENTION WEEK 10 – 16 May 2021
There are 12.3 million people in the UK at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes; for many people there are steps can be taken to reduce that risk.
The UK’s leading diabetes charity, Diabetes UK, is joining forces with Public Health England and NHS England to provide online resources and a digital toolkit. Find out more here
INSULIN SAFETY WEEK 17 – 23 May 2021
In the year that we celebrate 100 years of insulin, this national campaign raises awareness of insulin safety among health and social care providers.
We would encourage all social care providers who care for people requiring insulin, to register and take part to raise awareness amongst colleagues, families and residents/service users. Like hospitals and GP practices, care providers can run events and activities to improve understanding and reduce insulin errors.
Visit the campaign’s website to register via the link below. The organisers provide a printed resource pack to support any activities and training you may be planning within your organisation (for example around the crucial 6Rs). Online graphics, guidelines and templates will also be shared with you prior to and during the campaign. #THINKINSULIN
Find out more/register here
During Insulin Safety Week, we are running two ‘insulin awareness/update & injection technique’ webinar workshops at a reduced cost thanks to sponsorship from Owen Mumford; only £15pp. These workshops are taking place on 18 May 2021 (a choice of a morning or an afternoon session), and are being led by and experienced Diabetes Specialist Nurse.
Head over to our virtual workshops page to find out more, where you will also find the relevant links to book places via Eventbrite.
DIABETES WEEK 14 - 20 June 2021
Visit the Diabetes UK website to learn more about their vital fund raising and awareness campaign, and how you and your organisation can get involved.
National Feet Week (8 - 14 March 2021)
Have you read / watched our 'foot related' blogs?
As it is #NationalFeetWeek we thought it would be useful to share a blog written last spring by Gemma Andrews (an HCPC registered podiatrist) who runs our 'Hands on Feet' workshops. Good advice and tips whether you have diabetes or not!
Our feet are often forgotten, particularly during the winter months when they are rarely on show!
The National Feet Week campaign reminds us that problems with our feet can sometimes be an indication of other health issues. Therefore, let us not forget the part of the body which often gets a pounding, so take care of your feet – pamper them occasionally and when they don’t look for feel right…get them checked out by a professional.
Head over to our blog page to find 'how to look after your feet at home' as well as a 'vlog' where Lynne interviewed 3 experienced HCPC registered podiatrists about their roles, with a particular focus on diabetic footcare.
As proud supporters of #NationalFeetWeek, we are offering a 10% discount across the range of all of our webinar workshops for places booked during March.
When booking places through Eventbrite or directly with us via phone or email, please quote NFW10
For information regarding the content, dates and cost of our webinar sessions visit our virtual workshops page.
Date for your diary - National Feet Week (8 - 14 March 2021)
This national initiative highlights the importance of taking care of our feet, particularly important for people living with diabetes, however all of us should act when something looks or feels wrong with our feet. Problems with our feet may indicate other health related issues. Find out more here about this worthwhile campaign!
#NFW #nationalfeetweek #LetsTalkAboutFeet
Older People's Diabetes Network
Yesterday, in place of it's usual face to face conference in London, the Older People's Diabetes Network (OPDN) met virtually. Chaired by Professor Alan Sinclair (from the foundation for Diabetes Research in Older People (fDROP) and facilitated by Oliver Jelley and Laura Payne from Orange Juice Communications, it was a very interesting and informative meeting, which included:
- Covid-19, Diabetes & Frailty
- JBDS Inpatient Care 2020 Guidance on Frailty
- Diabetes Treatments Update
- Care Home Diabetes Management - Problems and Solutions
- Screening for Sensory Loss in the Legs
If you are interested in finding more about the OPDN or attending future meetings, please contact Professor Alan Sinclair at Sinclair.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another workshop adapted for virtual sessions
We have now finished adapting our 'Diabetes Awareness' and 'Blood Glucose Monitoring & Glucometer Training' workshops to run as live and interactive sessions, with the first one taking place on 22 February. We have also created some film footage to share in order that some of the usual activities can still be included, albeit remotely!
More information can be found on our virtual workshops page.
New workshop for 2021!!
We are delighted to announce a brand new workshop for 2021.
Older adults with diabetes represent a substantial health burden in our ageing society and also occupy more than one in four beds in care homes. In response to the need to treat and care for an aging population who live with diabetes, and catalysed by the coronavirus pandemic, we have joined forces with Professor Alan Sinclair from the foundation of Diabetes Research in Older People (fDROP) and Kings College London, to collaboratively develop a new workshop for care providers.
Managing Diabetes in the Acutely Unwell Older Person
Until we can safely run face to face workshops, this training will be delivered as an interactive webinar session. The first date we have scheduled is 10 February 2021. For more details please visit our virtual workshops page.
Welcome to 2021!
Happy New Year! Although we are starting the year in 'lockdown' once again, let's hope that 2021 will bring plenty of good health and happiness worldwide!
Last year brought lots of us many challenges. As a provider of diabetes training to health and care providers, we adapted some of our popular workshops in order to deliver them as live and interactive webinar sessions. It was important to us to continue to provide diabetes training to those who were seeking to improve their knowledge and skills in order to help their patients/clients/residents. One key element we have ensured has not been sacrificed is that of an interactive environment - our sessions are still for small groups where attendees can 'unmute' and engage with the educator and each other.
For 2021 we have adapted two existing workshops to run as a one day session:
Diabetes Awareness and Blood Glucose Monitoring and Glucometer Training
For more information regarding content, dates and cost, please visit our virtual workshops page.