As a result of feedback from completed evaluation forms*:
- 96% of attendees would recommend the conference to other people working in the field of diabetes
- 92% of attendees agreed they learnt things that were new to them and could take back to their area of work
- 92% of attendees suggested that the programme was excellent or good
- 83% of attendees felt the networking opportunities were either excellent or good
- 87% of attendees thought the exhibition was excellent or good
- 96% of attendees suggested the overall organisation of the conference was excellent or good.
What attendees said about the 2012 conference
- "Alot of brilliant seminars and interesting speakers. Learnt more about what's going on in the world of diabetes and met people working in my area"
- "The programme was excellently organised with plenty of sessions throughout the day and evening....." "There were some excellent international speakers"
- "Very good, thought provoking lectures, very transferable to [my] practice"
- "Excellent key note speakers; Named lecture bext ever. Very high quality...." "....more balanced talks between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes"
- "Always something to see and do whenever there was a spare moment"
- "Exhibition stands - new innovative products, lots of information"
Why do people attend the conference?
Using evaluation form feedback*, it is clear that delegates feel the conference provides them with an ideal opportunity to further develop and update their knowledge in the field of diabetes and also to network with colleagues. This is as much visiting exhibitors as attending sessions, including both oral and poster abstract presentations.
The Diabetes UK Professional Conference provides an ideal vehicle for the education of healthcare professionals, while also encouraging the advancement of professional development.
Attendees gave the following as their objectives for attending the 2012 conference (89% felt these objectives were fully met):
- "To network with healthcare professionals; update and familiarise with current pharmaceutical developments; hear from experts in the field of diabetes; note the developments and projects of Diabetes UK"
- "To learn more on various aspects of diabetes and see how others manages this in other parts of the country"
- "Take new ideas back to empower staff....to strive to put feet first in hospitals and the community"
- "Being a researcher I wanted to know what other researchers are working on in diabetes"
- "First time at the Diabetes UK conference - attending to improve my knowledge and learn any new information"
- "As a new company in the UK health market I wished to ascertain whether my company should attend the event in 2013 as a sponsor and exhibitor. I was very impressed by all aspects of the event and we will most definitely be supporting the Diabetes UK 2013 event"
* 685 delegates responded to this evaluation, which was researched by Diabetes UK