Meet the Speakers: What does a holistic ‘threatened limb’ care workforce look like?

Multidisciplinary working in diabetes foot care is another topic at the upcoming free, online EDFN National Conference on April 26th.

The session, ‘Who, What, Where and When – What does a holistic ‘threatened limb’ care workforce look like?’ will be delivered by Dr Chris Manu, Consultant Diabetologist at King’s College Hospital and Joanne Casey, Podiatrist and Professional Development Lead at the Royal College of Podiatry. 

Delegates will hear more on the process of classifying a limb as threatened, and how people with diabetes may have many risk factors that can pose problematic to their health long before they develop a ‘threatened limb’.

The speakers will discuss how careful considerations must be made by all who are part of the patient pathway, from diagnosis to saving life and limb.

The session will include:

  • A discussion of the podiatric career continuum and its role in diabetes foot management
  • Raising awareness of the health and social care touchpoints for diabetes foot care multidisciplinary working
  • Identifying the importance in considering the biopsychosocial model for diabetes foot care.

About the speakers:

Joanne Casey

Since graduating from the University of Southampton, Joanne Casey has developed her portfolio career working across the four pillars of advanced clinical practice.

She spent 20 years within the NHS specialising in the foot in diabetes, latterly within the Mike Edmonds Foot Unit, London, where she developed her interest the management of the acute limb.

Joanne is currently working as Professional Development Lead at The Royal College of Podiatry; Senior Research Assistant for the OFFLOAD project at the University of Southampton, and holds a clinical caseload within private practice.

Joanne is also currently co-chair of the Legs Matter coalition where she enjoys working alongside a multi-professional team to support foot and lower limb health and reduce the impact of unnecessary harm.

Dr Chris Manu

Dr Manu is Consultant Diabetologist and Clinical Lead for the Diabetic Foot Service at King’s College Hospital, and a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion 2020-2022. 

Dr Manu has been a Consultant at King’s since 2016 and co-lead the setting up of the South East London (SEL) MDfT Network via the NHS Transformation fund. He is the Clinical Lead for their Amputation Root Cause Analysis.

Dr Manu has research interest in peripheral arterial disease and has undertaken an MD on vascular risk stratification of people presenting with foot complications.

In his role as Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, Dr Manu led on developing an improved access to diabetic foot surgical procedures – a problem that has become even more critical post COVID-19. The aim was to deliver a prompt ‘one-stop’ assessment and ‘day-case’ surgical procedures within a clinic setting, to improve waiting lists, avoid hospital admissions, and decrease hospital length of stay.

Register here for the free online EDFN national conference.

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