First prize for DiGP poster at the Irish Diabetes Nurse and Midwife Specialist Association AGM on Saturday 3rd November 2018, Silverspring Hotel, Cork

2018 Diabetes Conference

The 11th Collaborative 2018 Diabetes Conference took place on Wednesday 26th September 2018, at Silversprings Clayton Hotel, Cork.  This conference is organised annually by the Diabetes in General Practice (DiGP), Department of General Practice, UCC, with partners the HSE and the IPNA.  This year’s conference title was ‘National Strategy: Local Implementation’

The Conference was chaired by Dr Diarmuid Quinlan, GP, Chairperson of the Diabetes Subgroup of Local Implementation Governance Group for Chronic Disease and Clinical Lead HSE South on National Diabetes Clinical Care Program Working Group.  The keynote speaker was Professor Sean Dinneen, Endocrinologist in Galway, and National Lead for Diabetes Clinical Care Programme who spoke on “Improving Diabetes Care in Ireland: bringing it all back home”.

Also speaking was Teresa O’Donovan, HSE Head of Primary Care services in Cork and Kerry who outlined the role of the recently established Local Implementation Governance Group (LIGG) for Chronic Diseases which she chairs, in improving the services for those with diabetes, respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease, by local implementation of the national models of care for these conditions. The LIGG will focus on the prevention and management of chronic diseases to provide seamless person centred co-ordinated care ensuring  good patient outcomes.

Workshops were run for the delegates covering topics including Fatty Liver Disease, Staying Fit for the Future, Guidance on Carbohydrates, Medications and Blood Glucose Levels, Diabetes Case Studies, The Eyes and Diabetes, ECG Interpretation, HbA1c Targets and Hypoglycaemia, Childhood Obesity, and Injectable Therapies and Glucose Meters.

The conference was well attended with 240 delegate places booked.  Congratulations to Mary Leamey Practice Nurse from Waterford who won the conference raffle for 1 night B&B for 2 in Silversprings Clayton Hotel kindly sponsored by the Clayton Hotel Group

The full conference programme is attached below, along with photos from the event.

2018 Diabetes in Primary Care Conference Program

Dr. Diarmuid Quinlan opening the Conference. Photo By Tomas Tyner, UCC.
Professor Sean Dinneen. Photo By Tomas Tyner, UCC.
Conference organising committee.  Photo By Tomas Tyner, UCC.
Delegates.  Photo By Tomas Tyner, UCC.
Dr. Diarmuid Quinlan and Professor Sean Dinneen. Photo By Tomas Tyner, UCC.