Save the date: EDFN National Conference 2022

Leading footcare experts will share best practice and latest research at the English Diabetes Footcare Network’s National Conference on Friday, April 29, 2022.

The online event is open to anyone working in the field of diabetic foot and lower limb, and will feature keynote speakers, case studies, panel discussions, abstracts, and presentations from Multidisciplinary Foot Teams.

EDFN will be asking for abstract submissions in the coming months, with the authors of a select few asked to give a short presentation as part of the conference. Topics for submission will be published soon, so watch this space.

Chairing the event will be Richard Leigh, Consultant Podiatrist at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the English Diabetes Footcare Network.

He said: “Plans are well under way for the second EDFN National Conference and we look forward to more engaging and enlightening sessions from those at the forefront of footcare in diabetes.

“The first National Conference was well-attended and led to some important discussions around best practice and the future of footcare. The conference will continue to be a virtual one for the time being, and we encourage anyone working in this field to register their interest in attending.”

As part of the first conference, delegates enjoyed an interesting panel discussion with Chair Emma Hardy MP (Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Venous and Vascular Disease), exploring the topic ‘How can we make it possible for MDFTs to see patients, with and without diabetes, to treat their foot wounds and reduce non-traumatic amputations’ with Mr Naseer Ahmad, Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Professor Mike Edmonds, Consultant Physician.

Keynote speakers included Professor Jonathan Valabhji OBE, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for diabetes and obesity, who discussed mortality and amputation rates during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joining him was Professor Gerry Rayman, Consultant Physician at the Diabetes and Endocrine Centre and the Diabetes Research Unit at Ipswich Hospitals NHS Trust and joint GIRFT programme for Diabetes and Endocrinology, who talked about Getting It Right the First Time (GRIFT).

The EDFN is growing in numbers and leads the way in sharing the latest strategic developments in diabetic foot care. The EDFN plays a pivotal role in shaping national policy: a key role is to advise relevant stakeholders – including the Department of Health, NHS England, NHS Innovation, Strategic Clinical Networks and Diabetes UK – on all matters relating to service delivery and improvements in England for diabetes-related foot disease.

Book your place on the EDFN National Conference here.

Watch the 2021 National Conference here.

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