FEND was established in 1995 and has established a unique voice for nurses working in the field of diabetes care, research and education in Europe. The founders are Deirdre Cregan, Anne-Marie Felton, Sue Hamilton, Stina Wallenkrans and Regina Wredling. FEND is recognised as a positive influence by WHO Europe, IDF Europe, EASD, DESG, PCDE, EURADIA and national diabetes nursing organisations. FEND is a founding member of the European Coalition in Diabetes (ECD).
- FEND's two day Annual Conference precedes the EASD conference each year. Attendances at our conferences grows year on year and attracts not only nurses but other relevant health care professions in diabetes. The number attending the 2011 conference was over 650. Leading European experts in the field of diabetes have delivered keynote lectures at our conferences and come from the disciplines of nursing, medicine, dietetics, psychology and people with diabetes. FEND has established an annual award in relation to nursing research in diabetes - the first award was presented during the 1999 conference.
- The official journal of FEND is International Diabetes Nursing
- A FEND commissioned report is published in European Diabetes Nursing and Practical Diabetes International following the conferences.
- FEND has worked with the following universities (University Automata, Barcelona, University of Uppsala and Roehampton University London in establishing the FEND ENDCUP accredited programme. Currently the FEND ENDCUP programme is led by Prof Angus Forbes, FEND Professor in diabetes nursing at King's College University London. The current course is also accredited by King's College University London. Since its inception over 100 nurses from Europe and beyond have completed or are participating in the FEND ENDCUP programme.
- FEND works in collaboration with IDF Europe, WHO Europe, EASD, PCDE, EURADIA, DESG and national diabetes nursing organisations.
- The management of FEND is carried out by the Executive Committee on a voluntary basis without remuneration. Sponsorship funding and membership fees enable the following activities: Conference planning, conference venue hire, catering, programme booklet production, PDI International report, travel and accommodation costs for keynote speakers, FEND ENDCUP project participants tuition fees, lecturers fees, student accommodation, course materials and university administration fees, telephone/email charges.
- An Annual General Meeting is held during the Annual Conference.