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Diabetes UK Helping Patients Get Active Conference 2021

Welcome to the Diabetes UK Helping Patients Get Active Conference 2021

Taking place online from 2 to 4 November 2021, this free lunchtime conference is aimed at healthcare professionals who want to support patients living with diabetes to move more.  

Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis as places for this conference are limited. 

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Why should you attend?

This free conference is ideal for any healthcare professional who wants to encourage adults with diabetes to do more than 30 minutes of exercise each week.

By attending our conference, you will be able to:

  • hear from inspiring experts in their field as we address the key issues surrounding diabetes and exercise, leaving you better equipped at helping people get more active
  • take away practical learnings that you can implement in your workplace the very next day
  • improve your knowledge and understanding of diabetes and exercise, and get access to a variety of resources that you can use as a healthcare professional
  • get top tips that will increase your confidence in discussing physical activity with patients, especially those with low motivation to exercise
  • put questions to our expert speakers
  • receive a certificate of attendance for joining the conference live. 

Through both internal and external research, we know the importance of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle – especially when you are living with or at risk of diabetes. However, many people do not know where to start, have several barriers to overcome, or need more support from their healthcare professionals. 

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Therefore, with thanks to National Lottery funding through Sport England, we have designed this free conference to help you break down those barriers with your patients – so they can start moving more, in a way that suits them and their lifestyle. 

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Conference information

There will be two different sessions during each day of the conference, where a variety of speakers will share practical information and real-life examples of the ways in which you can help your patients become more active.

You will also hear from people living with type 1 and type 2 who will offer their perspective, highlighting what works for them. 


Time Session
12:30pm - 1:00pm

Conference welcome

Speaker: Simon O'Neill, Director of Health Intelligence and Provisional Liason - Diabetes UK 


Getting active when living with diabetes: A patient's perspective

Hear from people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes as they talk through their issues around exercise and discuss the ways in which healthcare professionals have successfully supported them to get moving. 

Chair: Dan Howarth, Head of Care - Diabetes UK

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Good practice for healthcare professionals in getting people living with diabetes to move more

This session will explore strategies that have been successful in encouraging people living with diabetes to become more active. It will include practical examples that you can take away and implement in your own work. 

Speaker: Professor Tom Yates, Professor of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health - University of Leicester

Chair: Celene Walker, Physical Activity Project Coordinator - Diabetes UK


Time Session
12:30pm - 1:00pm

Nutrition and exercise: What should I prescribe? 

This session will feature a discussion about important nutritional considerations for patients deciding to get active. You will gain a better understanding of nutrition and hypos, low-carb diets and healthy swaps. Plus, we'll be busting some common myths and answering the most asked questions from those looking to start moving more. 

Speaker: Mel Stephenson-Gray, Registered Diabetes Dietician - NHS Wales and international level athlete

Chair: Emma Elvin, Senior Clinical Advisor - Diabetes UK

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Moving Medicine: What is it and how you can use it? 

During this session, you'll watch a demonstration of how the Moving Medicine resource can be used to help you integrate physical activity and diabetes conversations into routine clinical care. This will enable you to feel more confident when talking to your patients about diabetes and exercise. 

Speaker: Dr Chris Speers, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine - Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

Chair: Neil Gibson, Senior Physical Activity Advisor - Diabetes UK


Time Session
12:30pm - 1:00pm

What are the main barriers and motivators when getting active for people living with diabetes?

In this session, you'll learn more about the physical, psychological and emotional barriers faced by people living with diabetes when trying to get active. 

Speaker: Dr Rob Andrews, Associate Professor of Diabetes / Honorary Consultant in Diabetes - University of Exeter Medical School

Chair: Anna Neophytou, Helpline Team Leader - Diabetes UK 

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Engaging South Asian patients with diabetes to get more active

During this session, you'll hear how to encourage patients from a South Asian background to become active. We'll discuss the key factors to consider in your patient conversations about physical activity and help you to feel more confident engaging this community. 

Speaker: Professor Jason Gill, Professor of Cardiometabolic Health - University of Glasgow

Chair: Pete Shorrick, Head of Midlands and East - Diabetes UK

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