Managing insulin in the frail elderly

The UKCPA/JOMO study day has become the main event in the respiratory pharmacy calendar. Despite the challenges this year this speakers and sessions were excellent.
NHS attendee at the UKCPA/JOMO respiratory study day
Satellite Managing insulin in the frail elderly
Speakers Su Down, Nurse Consultant Diabetes, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Satellite Description


This session is organised and funded by Mylan UK Healthcare Ltd

This session will explore the complexity of managing type 2 diabetes in the elderly frail.  Hypoglycaemia is a major risk to this population  and de-escalation of insulin is often needed.  Identification of frailty will be covered and why recognition of hypoglycaemia is challenging in this group.

Finally, the session will discuss how recent projects have identified this cohort of patients and improved care within the following areas:

  • General Practice 
  • Care Homes 
  • House bound patients who require the District Nursing service to administer insulin

Su Down is a Nurse Consultant in Diabetes and is the Clinical Lead for the Intermediate Diabetes community service in Somerset.

Nationally she is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Diabetes Nursing and joint Vice Chair of the PCDS (Primary Care Diabetes Society). Former national roles have included being a TREND associate, board member of FIT (Forum for Injection Technique) and committee member of the Health Care Professionals Council of Diabetes UK.

The constant challenge of ensuring that an equitable service is delivered to the ever-growing population of Somerset is one that Su finds highly rewarding.  Furthermore, she has relished being able to have an influence on both national and international projects.

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