Diabetes, 14 January, Edinburgh

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The number of diabetics in Scotland has more than doubled in the last 15 years. Today, more than 1 in 20 Scots has diabetes (not including an estimated 45,000 cases which are undiagnosed), and Scotland has the highest rates of type-1 diabetes in the world. Managing diabetes accounts for about 10% of the annual NHS Scotland budget each year, which equates to nearly £1 billion. As diabetes is one of Scotland’s biggest public health problems, and the NHS currently faces a constrained spending environment, it is crucial we begin developing person-centred policy solutions to address this problem.


Delegates will be given the most up-to-date information on diabetes, including key medical, scientific, and policy developments related to the issue. A range of experts will offer the key insights into the importance and urgency of addressing diabetes, and what is at stake in Scotland. Finally, the interactive session will allow delegates to use what they have learned throughout the day to work together in developing their own innovative policy solutions.

Key learning outcomes

  • Why we need to address diabetes in the context of interrelated health problems
  • How to begin developing person-centred solutions
  • Developments regarding diabetes treatment and care

Confirmed Speakers

More speakers will be added in due course.


Session 1:  Evaluating diabetes policy in the Scotland

10:00    Introduction from Chair

Jane-Claire Judson, National Director, Diabetes UK Scotland

10:10    Evaluating the role of the Scottish Diabetes Group

Professor John McKnightLead Clinician and Chair, Scottish Diabetes Group

10:30     The importance of self-management    

Alison Diamond, Weight Management and Diabetes Patient Education Lead, NHS Lothian

10:50     Case Study: The Ayrshire Experience

John McCall, Advanced Podiatrist, Ayr Hospital

11:10    Questions and discussion

11:30    Break

Session 2: Adopting a person-centred approach to diabetes

During session 2, a panel of experts will offer insights into developing person-centred approaches for addressing diabetes. The discussion will cover (but is not limited to):

  • Diabetes in childhood and adolescence
  • Improving data collection methods
  • Diabetes, mental health, and the role of psychologists
  • Inpatient care
  • Pregnancy care
  • Care for those with complex needs

Gillian Harkin, Lead Clinical Podiatrist - Diabetes, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

11:45    Panel discussion

12:45    Questions and Discussion

13:00    Lunch

Session 3: Practicum/Workshop

Using the lessons learned and information gained in sessions 1 and 2, this interactive session will facilitate cooperation between delegates to develop policy interventions for mitigating diabetes. Delegates will first suggest four main issues/causes/barriers associated with diabetes in Scotland. They will then have the opportunity to go to each flipchart to brainstorm solutions with other delegates, whilst also discussing how to compliment rather than duplicate the work currently being done by key stakeholders around the nation

13:45    Simulation exercise

14:45    Discussion

15:05    Closing remarks from the Chair

15:15    Close

Who should attend

Delegates will be drawn from a wide range of stakeholders including:

  • Policy and public affairs professionals
  • Public health professionals
  • Physicians
  • Scientists
  • Service users
  • Anyone with a vested interest in reducing diabetes

Venue and Costs

Event location: COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh

Delegate rate (includes refreshments and lunch):

  • Charities and Third Sector: £149 + VAT (and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Public Sector: £199 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, professional associations, charities with an annual income exceeding £1m)
  • Private Sector: £249 + VAT (Commercial organisations eg plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please contact Joshua Bird, by email Joshua.Bird@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1690