Collaborative approach to managing diabetes - Thurs 21st March 2013 at RCGP, London

About the conference

We are delighted to bring together this collaborative event between the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

There are currently 3.7 million people in the UK with diabetes, including an estimated 850,000 people who have Type 2 diabetes but do not know it. Both general practitioners and pharmacists have an increasingly important role to play in the care pathway of patients with this condition.

This event will explore how we can enable more healthcare to be provided in the community, coordinated around the needs of patients by harnessing better joined up working across professional boundaries. It will look at what potential future models of integrated care will look like and the implications for patients, professionals and commissioners. Closer collaboration and more integration with pharmacy services would free up time for longer consultations in GP surgeries allowing GPs to focus on the more complicated cases, or those of a more serious nature.

We also need to shift the emphasis to prevention and early detection in diseases such as diabetes. We need more structured referral system between pharmacy and GPs. We will hear examples of pharmacists specialising in diabetes working with South Asian communities to initiate contact with this hard to reach group, running clinics in community settings and bringing patients back into mainstream services.

We will discuss case studies of pharmacists and GPs working in partnership, showcasing how collaboration on the management of long-term-conditions can be of benefit to the patient, highlighting smarter ways of working and creating jointly-managed services that involve all relevant healthcare professionals, delivering what patients have asked for, as we create a picture of what joined up care in the community looks like.

Who should attend?

  • Community Pharmacists
  • General Practitioners
  • Primary Care Pharmacists/Professionals
  • Diabetes Clinical Specialists
  • Clinical Commissioning Group Members

Venue and accommodation

Royal College of General Practitioners
30 Euston Square 

The Royal College of General Practitioners is located on the corner of Euston Road and Melton Street.  For details on how to find the venue please see the RCGP website.