The Groups Annual General Meeting was held during the February Meeting, of which the minutes, including the Chair’s & Treasure’s reports, will be sent to all members.
Elections took place for the Group Committee. Mike Broome (Chair & Secretary) and Graham Terrett (member) stood own from the Committee. Jay McCaffery and Vivienne Gay volunteered to join the Committee and both were voted on by a unanimous vote of those present. There were no other volunteers to join the committee. The remaining existing Committee members put themselves up for re-election, and were again accepted by a unanimous vote. The Committee comprises of:
The positions of Chair and Secretary will be confirmed by the new Committee by the end of February. Under the Group rules Mike Broome will remain as Chair & Secretary until 28 Feb to effect the handover to the new incumbents.
Update: Mike Coombs has been confirmed as the new Chair wef 1 Mar 17 and Jay McCaffery as the new Secretary wef 1 Jun 17
For our October meeting we had Emily Payne from Gloucestershire Podiatry Services give us a talk on looking after our feet and the issues that can arise if we do not!
She covered the basics of foot care, the most important being regularly, if not daily, checking your feet for any signs of damage. Emily also explained what should happen at your annual foot check, amazingly she said that there are still reports of foot checks being carried out without shoes & socks removed, they must have x-ray vision! Continue reading Oct 16 Mtg – Emily Payne – Gloucestershire Podiatry Services→
For our August meeting we were fortunate to have Laura Pearsall and Gordon Taylor, who are both city councillors for the Abbeymead ward in Gloucester come and give a talk on what it like to be a councillor and what it involves.
After letting is know what got them interested in politics, for Laura it was as a result of getting an apprenticeship in the cities MPs office and for Gordon as a result of meeting an existing councillor at a job interview. Their general council duties consist of meeting their constituents and helping with any issues they have, attending council meetings and discussions with council officers. They also sit on various committees, Gordon is Chair of the city Planning Committee and Laura is a member of the Licensing Committee. Continue reading August 2016 Meeting – Laura Pearsall & Gordon Taylor – Local City Councillors→
For our June meeting we had Henry Tellwright, a Diabetes Dietician at Gloucester Royal Hospital come along to talk about what is best for us all to eat, which of course is not necessarily what we want to!
Henry was also assisted by two student dieticians, Hannah Bennett and Daniel Lyons. The talked covered how the body deals with food when eaten and the effects of too much sugar and fats for those with diabetes. They also discussed the basics of healthy eating and how in reality this applied to everyone, not just those with diabetes.
There was also a lively debate on the relevant merits of different diets, in particular a low carbohydrate diet, whilst these have been shown to work, the long term effects are not fully understood at present, with more research looking into this. This is not to say people should not use such diets, but its advised that they discuss it with their medical care team first.
Overall it was an interesting and informative evening.
Unfortunately the three local councillors who were due to speak at our April meeting were unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances, although we hope to have then come along later in the year. However we did have two speakers, first Natasha Scott for Gloucestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and then myself with a Photo Quiz.
Natasha came along to talk about a new Diabetes Footcare Project the CCG are setting up. The aim of the project is to ensure patients requiring footcare are referred to the right people at the right time. It will help supporting GPs and their patients in managing potential footcare complications early on, thereby improving their quality of life and hopefully prevent symptoms getting worse and equally further clinical intervention. Continue reading April 2016 Meeting – Natasha Scott – Diabetes Footcare Project & Mike Broome – Photo Quiz→
After the Annual General Meeting held during the February meeting we were pleased to welcome Lisa Cooper, a Diabetes Specialist Nurse from the Specialist Diabetes Service at Gloucestershire Care Services.
Lisa gave a very interesting talk on what effects diabetes has on different parts the body such as the pancreas, eyes, muscles etc. To make it easier to understand she used some of the props and material used in the “Diabetes and You” course that the Specialist Diabetes Service run. One of the interesting points, which of course most with diabetes know, but probably do not always think about, was about the different ways food & drinks work in relation to carbohydrates and whether they are fast or slow acting.
The Groups Annual General Meeting was held during the February Meeting, of which the minutes, including the Chair’s & Treasure’s reports, have been sent to all members.
Elections took place for the Group Committee. Margaret Skinner volunteered to join the Committee and was voted on by a unanimous vote of those present. There were no other volunteers to join the committee. The remaining existing Committee members put themselves up for re-election, and were again accepted by a unanimous vote. The Committee comprises of:
Our December meeting and Christmas social was held on Thursday 3 Dec. It followed along the same lines as last year with all attending bring along some food & drink to share, and also a large dollop of Christmas Cheer.
This year we were pleased to welcome, Laura Pearsall, Gordon Taylor and Andrew Gravells, three local city councillors as our guests. They have all agreed to come back next April (13th) to give a talk on the ins and outs of being a councillor. Put it in your diaries, it should be an interesting evening.
As unfortunately Norman Douse our normal quiz-master was unable to attend, I took on the role, and I would like to think that all present enjoyed it, although there were one of two questions that no one had the correct answer to, one being: “Which is the first country in the world to see the sun rise on Christmas day? (answer at end of write-up). Continue reading December 2015 Meeting – Christmas Social→
For our October meeting we had Selina Jetha from the Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinical Programme Board (D&E CPG), for Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (GCCG). Also attending was Gail Pasquall, a Diabetes Specialist Nurse from the Specialist Diabetes Service, part of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust.
Selina explained a little about what the D&E CPG do, this includes liaising with patients and patient groups, such as our Group, to get the patients views and opinions, also other health organisations such as Gloucestershire Healthwatch. The aim being to improve services for those with diabetes, one example being they are currently working with other Gloucestershire NHS trusts and organisations to create a Multi Disciplinary Foot Care Teams to be based in Gloucester & Cheltenham Hospitals, to simplify podiatry care for those with diabetes.
Gail then gave a talk on the diabetes education courses, for those with Type 2 diabetes or carers for those with the condition, available in the county that are run by the Specialist Diabetes Service. These are “Diabetes and You”, “Diabetes, Food & You” and “Diabetes, Insulin and You”.
Anyone with type 2 can attend, whether just diagnosed or requiring a reminder of what is best practice. All the courses last about 3 hours and are run by qualified diabetes nurses or dieticians. The courses are very informal with normally no more than 8 people on each course and you can book the courses yourself. To book a course either ask Mike Broome for an application form or email email@example.com