Join us at our diabetes roadshow and AGM
We’ll be kicking off our annual meeting this year with a diabetes roadshow and a chance for you to meet and greet some of our experts.
Join us at the Stag Theatre, London Road, Sevenoaks TN13 1ZZ, from 4pm until 7.30pm, on Thursday, 28 September 2017.
From 4 until 6pm, we will be bringing together organisations that support people living with diabetes. Open to everyone, we will kick-off with a marketplace where you’ll be able to chat to professionals from a range of services, including professionals from other healthcare trusts and voluntary and community organisations, which work with us.
- Carers First, a charity supporting adult and young carers.
- Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Service, helping people with diabetes to understand what they can eat to self-manage their diabetes.
- Community Adult Diabetes Nursing Service
- Diabetes Psychology Service, providing emotional support and care for people with diabetes.
- Diabetes UK, the UK’s leading diabetes charity.
- Fixing Dad, the story of a man whose lifestyle choices caught up with him until his two sons resolved to save him.
- Health Checks
- Health Visiting Service
- Healthwatch, an independent organisation set up to champion the views of patients and social care users across Kent.
- Hypo Hounds, helping children and adults with type 1 diabetes whose pet dogs have the potential to become a diabetic alert dog.
- South East DriveAbility
- Tissue Viability Team
- Volunteer Service
- Vulnerable Foot Team, Podiatry Service, treating people with diabetes who are at risk of developing ulcers.
Health MOTs, Health Checks and blood pressure checks will be available between 4 and 6pm, so pop along and make sure you know your numbers and the steps you can take to improve your health. There will also be an opportunity to look around our mobile podiatry unit, where some patients with more complex foot conditions are seen closer to home.
Clinical experts, including Simon Pendleton, Clinical Lead Podiatrist for the Vulnerable Foot Team, will be presenting and offering advice.
The event will also hear first-hand from Geoff Whitington, Fixing Dad, as he talks about his experience and the new fixing challenge, there will be an open Q and A session and the chance to meet your local healthcare trust governor.
From 6.15 to 7.30pm, we’ll hold our Annual General Meeting and Annual Members’ Meeting. Our Chairman David Griffiths and Chief Executive Paul Bentley will talk about our achievements during the past year and explain our vision for the future. Lead Governor Sonja Bigg will present the annual members’ report and our Chief Nurse Ali Strowman will talk about how we make sure we provide high-quality care for patients. Director of Finance Gordon Flack will tell you how we spent your money on improving care for patients. We will close with questions from you.
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust’s Head of Engagement Karen Edmunds, said: “This is a great opportunity for anyone living with diabetes to come along and find out more or get some advice on how to manage their condition better.
“Diabetes is a serious, life-changing condition for a huge amount of people – more than 90,000 people in Kent live with the condition** – and we want to make sure they know how we can support them and what services we offer.
“It’s also a great opportunity for our patients and the local community to meet some of their local governors – the people who are elected to represent the healthcare interests of their constituents to our trust Board.”
*The closest car park is the Stag Theatre (South Park) pay and display. Sevenoaks train station is just under a mile away and approximately a five minute drive or a 15 to 20-minute walk. There are multiple bus stops along Sevenoaks High Street.
***Based on figures published by Diabetes UK for the eight clinical commissioning groups in Kent for 2014/15.