Westminster Health Forum

Improving diabetes outcomes in England - prevention, access and digital technology

Morning, Wednesday, 16th October 2019

Central London


This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss improving diabetes outcomes in England - looking at improving prevention, widening access to services and utilising digital technology.

Delegates will assess priorities for moving forward with the NHS Long Term Plan for diabetes - including improving access to diabetes professionals, such as multidisciplinary footcare teams and diabetes inpatient specialist nursing teams - as well as increasing support for self-management, with the roll out of education and digital self-management support tools.

We expect discussion on the priorities for prevention of type 2 diabetes, following the launch of the Prevention is better than cure vision, which is expected to be followed by the publication of a green paper later this year and will look at reducing obesity across the country - as well as Chapter 2 of the Childhood Obesity Plan, which outlines actions to halve child obesity by 2030.

The agenda also includes discussion on the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, as NHS England commits to fund a doubling of the programme and the introduction of a digital option for users. Attendees will assess progress so far as well as challenges and opportunities for expansion - including the potential impact of the programme on widening patient choice and tackling inequalities.

Planned sessions will look at the next steps for innovation in diabetes diagnosis, treatment and care - including supporting patient engagement, widening access and ensuring patient safety.

It follows the roll out of flash glucose monitors to those with type 1 diabetes from April and continuous glucose monitoring for all pregnant women with type 1 diabetes by 2020/21 - as well as the second wave of NHS Test Beds, which is trialling digital initiatives that support diabetes self-management and encourages the NHS to work with innovators to improve care.

Further sessions will consider the priorities for diabetes research and opportunities for collaboration - with NHS England trialling the adoption of low calorie diets for selected patients with type 2 diabetes, following research showing that some people were able to achieve remission with such diets.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Partha Kar

Consultant, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust; Associate National Clinical Director, Diabetes, NHS England and Joint Clinical Lead, Diabetes, GIRFT

Professor Jonathan Valabhji

National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Dr Neel Basudev

GP Principal and Diabetes Lead, Lambeth CCG; Clinical Director, Diabetes, Health Innovation Network (South London AHSN) and Clinical Lead, Out of Hospital Care, London Diabetes Clinical Network


Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes

John Howell MP

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes


Dr Jenifer Smith

Programme Director, NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, Public Health England

Dr Emma Wilmot

Consultant Diabetologist, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton and Honorary Consultant Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham

Kye Lockwood

Chief Executive Officer, Social Action for Health

Alexander Silverstein

Diabetes Education and Engagement Lead, NHS North West London

Helen Dickens

Assistant Director, Campaigns and Mobilisation, Diabetes UK