Diabetes care in the UK too often falls short.
But by working with people at the heart of healthcare in 2018, we’re sparking profound improvements in local and national services. This gives people with diabetes a better quality of life, and prevents dangerous and costly complications.
Improvements to diabetes care in numbers
Over 3,000 healthcare professionals joined us for DUKPC
Our event at the London Excel attracted the most influential speakers working in diabetes today.
Cases of diabetes related sight loss have halved in Wales
We've helped to provide the best eye screening equipment across Wales since 2007, with amazing results.
"Changing the way we reach out to young people has led us to engage better with many who were lost in the system.”
Our achievements in improving care
- We made our case to decision-makers on the new Long Term Plan for the NHS in England. The result is the biggest ever central budget for diabetes, including doubling the size of the Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Programme, piloting Type 2 remission programmes and making sure flash glucose monitoring is made available fairly and in all areas.
- In 2018, our events for healthcare professionals informed thousands of NHS and social care staff, on topics from food to foot care. Highlights included our flagship Diabetes UK Professional Conference in London attended by more than 3,000 people, and the seventh National Diabetes in Pregnancy Conference attended by 400 midwifery staff.
- We played a role in improving care locally too. Such as in Coventry and Warwickshire, where we guided local spending decisions of the Diabetes Transformation Fund.
- Our award-winning leadership programmes – Clinical Champions and Tomorrow’s Leaders – energise and equip NHS health professionals to drive change in diabetes practice.
We can only do this brilliant work with your support
How we helped
Our annual professional conference is widely regarded as one of the most important in the UK for diabetes professionals. 2018 was a banner year for our conference. Take a look at the highlights below.
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