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Derby welcomes experts to improve pregnancy care for those with diabetes


Derby is set to host a conference of leading health care professionals from across the country looking at how to reduce the risks for pregnant women with diabetes. This is the first national meeting of its kind and will be held at Pride Park Football Stadium on Monday, 26 March.

The Diabetes UK conference is the idea of a group of specialists involved in the care of pregnant women with diabetes, including Consultant Physician at Derby Hospitals Paru King who saw the need to share best practice and discuss how care for these women could be improved on a national level. Clinicians from Derby, Cambridge, Norwich, Leicester, Newham, Birmingham and Newcastle will be presenting at the meeting.

Paru King said: “Women with diabetes can be two to four times more likely to have a baby with a birth defect than women without the condition and five times as likely to have a stillbirth. Quality care from before conception, as well as during pregnancy and at the time of delivery is essential to reduce these risks and improve the pregnancy outcomes of these women.

“I am delighted to be joined by my colleagues from around the country, some of whom are pioneering new approaches to care. The meeting gives us the opportunity to share innovative practice, and debate how we can improve the care for pregnant women with diabetes.”

Pete Shorrick, Diabetes UK’s Regional Manager in the Midlands said: ” This conference is the first of its kind and will enable healthcare professionals to pool and share innovative work to improve the care of women with diabetes who are preparing for pregnancy and longer-term improve pregnancy outcomes.”

Presentations and discussions will be by:

-          Paru King working on Preconception Care for Diabetes in Derby/Derbyshire (PROCEED) which has piloted an integrated “teams without walls” approach to preconception care. The initial results from PROCEED has improved the proportion of women with diabetes accessing care before pregnancy from 48-70 per cent.  Early results have shown a reduction in the stillbirth rate from 6 per cent to zero, as well as a high level of user satisfaction;

-          Dr Rosemary Temple a Consultant Physician at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust and Dr Neil Shah from City Hospital Birmingham on the impact of early delivery on the brain function of children to mothers with diabetes;

-          Helen Murphy Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge will discuss how new technologies could be used to manage diabetes in pregnant women with type 1 diabetes;

-           Dr Emma Wilmot Diabetes Specialist Registrar taking a PhD at Leicester University and Ruth Bell, a Clinical Senior Lecturer and Wendy Burke Specialist Registrar at Newcastle University will discuss the importance of involving those with diabetes and the best ways this can be achieved to improve services;

-          Shanti Vijayaraghavan and Dr Graham Toms Consultant Physicians at Newham University Trust  who are working to improve care for “hard to reach groups” including black and ethnic minority communities. The session will include the Diabetes Appointments via Webcam (DAWN) in Newham where the project aims to provide more accessible and cost-effective diabetes care by replacing routine follow-up outpatient appointments not requiring physical examination, with web-based consultations by using readily available video conferencing software;

-          Diane Todd Specialist Midwife and Richard DeChazal Consultant Obstetrician at the University Hospitals of Leicester who will consider the impact of obesity in women linked to infertility, pregnancy an increased risk of gestational diabetes and how it may affect the future health of the child;

-          Professor David Simmons, lead diabetes consultant at the Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge University Hospitals and Dr Kara Dent, Consultant Obstetrician at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be debating the diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus(Diabetes that occurs as a result of pregnancy).

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Notes to editor:

1         The first National Diabetes in Pregnancy Conference: Challenges in Diabetes and Pregnancy – Innovative Practice will be held on Monday 26 March 2012 at the Pride Park Football Stadium, Derby

2         Diabetes UK is the leading UK charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of all people affected by and at risk of diabetes.  For more information on all aspects of diabetes and access to Diabetes UK activities and services, visit www.diabetes.org.uk 

3         In the UK, there are 2.9 million people diagnosed with diabetes and an estimated 850,000 people have Type 2 diabetes but do not know it.  As many as 7 million people are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and if current trends continue, an estimated 4 million people will have diabetes by 2015. 

4         Diabetes is a condition in which the amount of glucose in the blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly.  If not managed in the correct way, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputation.

5         Type 1 diabetes develops if the body cannot produce any insulin.   It is the least common of the two types of diabetes and accounts for around 10 per cent of all people with diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented and it is not known why it develops.  Type 1 diabetes is treated by daily insulin doses - taken either by injections or via an insulin pump – a healthy diet and regular physical activity. 

6         Type 2 diabetes develops when the body can still make some insulin, but not enough, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).  Risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes include family history, ethnicity, being overweight or having a large waist, high blood pressure, heart disease or having had a heart attack.  This type of diabetes has been traditionally regarded asType 2 diabetes is the more common of the two main types and accounts for around 90 per cent of people with diabetes.  Type 2 diabetes is treated with a healthy diet and increased physical activity.  In addition, medication and/or insulin can be required.

7         The conference mainly refers to those people with diabetes but also includes a section about Gestational Diabetes – which is diabetes that is first found or occurs as a result of pregnancy and at least temporarily resolves after the birth of the child.