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Diabetes Self-Management Alliance brings international community to Belfast conference

Following on from the successful Stockholm conference in 2020, the Diabetes Self-Management Alliance is coming to Belfast with its ‘The Next Generation’ conference on 21 and 22 November.

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The two-day conference is packed with the latest in diabetes technology, how to support young people living with type 1 diabetes, and improving inpatient care, to name but a few of the many diabetes-related topics on offer. There will be a mix of people living with diabetes, healthcare professionals, academics, and researchers, bringing their expertise together.

The keynote speakers include Dr Alistair Lumb from Oxford, who is the Co-Chair of Diabetes Technology Network, and Dr Emma McCracken, a Consultant Endocrinologist and Diabetologist, at the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

Opening the event on 21 November is Dr Mark Davies, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist from the Belfast Trust.

Dr Davies said:

"We are so excited that Belfast is hosting the Diabetes Self-Management Alliance and with it, a host of local and international speakers and delegates. We are all connected by our passion of diabetes and how we can continue to learn about this complex condition and help the growing number of people living with diabetes."

There is a variety of panel discussions, 9 interactive workshops, keynote speeches and time to network across the two days. We would like to especially thank our sponsors and the healthcare professionals who have been instrumental in getting this conference to Belfast.

We would encourage anyone living with, or interested in knowing more about diabetes, to register and join us for what will be a very informative and interesting conference.

One of the conference sponsors is Diabetes UK Northern Ireland and National Director, Tina McCrossan, who said: 

"This is an excellent opportunity to meet with and hear from people who live with and manage diabetes, day-in and day-out. Diabetes is a complex, relentless condition so when we hear what it is like to live with, and the burden that it can be on both physical and mental health, as well as the support that is available, a lot can be learned."

This conference will create a space for people to share their experiences, benefit from the richness of those shared experiences and celebrate the on-going steps being made in diabetes research and healthcare.

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland will also be co-facilitating two workshops focusing on young people; the importance of peer support, and the wellbeing impact on young people living with type 1 diabetes.

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