Healthcare professionals invited to diabetic foot screening workshop

A diabetic foot screening workshop is being held this month, offering all those involved in diabetic foot checks the opportunity to learn new skills or refresh their existing knowledge.

The event, on Friday, June 14, in Abercynon in South Wales, is open to anyone working in a health or social care role who supports or treats people living with diabetes, including podiatrists, foot health practitioners, nurses, healthcare assistants and clinical pharmacists.

Designed to ensure delegates are following current guidelines and best practice, the workshop will cover:

  • The definition of a foot ulcer and when foot screening should be performed
  • The factors contributing to someone developing a foot ulcer
  • The method and steps to take when examining the diabetic foot
  • National diabetic foot risk algorithms and how to apply the correct risk classification
  • Suitable footwear for people with diabetes and daily footcare
  • The causes of neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and how to test for them
  • Practical demonstration on how to undertake a diabetic foot screening check
  • The Ipswich Touch Test and the Neuropad® screening test
  • The process of referral for the person with diabetes at each level of risk, and advice to give.

The event, which takes place during Legs Matter Week and Diabetes Week, is being delivered by DUET Diabetes, a CPD provider which delivers workshops aimed at upskilling people in social care and healthcare who treat or support adults with diabetes.

Lynne Reedman, Service Lead for DUET Diabetes, said: “Diabetic foot checks are part of the regular key care processes that everyone living with diabetes should receive.

“Our aim is to help people living with diabetes to avoid potential foot related problems by educating and upskilling those supporting them.

“Using NICE guidelines as a framework, this evidence-based workshop will equip you with the knowledge and skills to competently examine and screen the diabetic foot for potential and actual problems.

“We don’t just deliver the theory – in an interactive and safe learning environment, you will be putting your new knowledge into practice.

“Delegates can take away what they’ve learnt and share the screening outcomes with GP practices and multi-disciplinary footcare teams.”

The training includes a ‘hands on feet’ practical session where each learner will be observed by an experienced podiatrist to confirm they have demonstrated the core skills and capability required.

The workshop is being supported by Thermetrix, the team behind Podium Professional, a medical device which uses thermal scans to help identify unusual temperature profiles which may be indicative of foot health problems.

There will be a demonstration of Podium at the end of the workshop.

Thermetrix CEO Dr Russell Payne said: “In our support of Legs Matter Week and Diabetes Week, we are proud to be partnering with DUET Diabetes to offer training to enable more people to identify the risk of developing foot ulcers in those with diabetes.

“The workshop is taking place at the Thermetrix office in Abercynon and we’re looking forward to welcoming people from a broad spectrum of healthcare professions in the united battle against diabetic foot complications.”

The workshop will take place on Friday, June 14, from 9.30am to 4.30pm, at the Ty Menter Training Room, Navigation Park, Abercynon, CF45 4SN.

The cost is £99 plus VAT per person – to book visit or to pay via BACS email, providing your name, contact phone number and the number of places you would like to book.

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