FEND (virtual) conference 2021 starts 24 Sept 2021

In the meantime - the keynote presentations of FEND 2020, are available:
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FEND ADVOCATES...

that diabetes care service providers ensure that every person with diabetes has access to a named Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN).

(image of video) Elisabeth Iro presentation

Elisabeth Iro, CNO WHO addresses FEND conference 2020. 

F E N D acknowledges the following sponsors for their continuing support and commitment to FEND core activities:

Ascensia
Bayer
Lilly
Sanofi

 

WHO Global Diabetes Compact launches 14 April

The Foundation of European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND) celebrates the discovery of insulin, the most precious gift of life, for people living with diabetes worldwide. Equity of access to insulin for all in need should be the objective of national governments and diabetes service providers. Approximately 6% of the world population live with diabetes. 

FEND welcomes the objectives of the WHO Global Diabetes Compact launched on 14 April 2021 at the Global Diabetes Summit co-hosted by the World Health Organization and the Government of Canada, with the support of the University of Toronto.

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(graphic) - WHO Global Diabetes Compact

FEND recommends and campaigns that providers of diabetes services should ensure that all people with diabetes have access to a named diabetes specialist nurse (DSN) to enable them to self-manage their condition in order to reduce the risk of complications.
 

Doctoral Fellow Diabetes Nursing

The Foundation of European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND) Doctoral Fellowships have been created to give diabetes nurses the opportunity to undertake a PhD project that addresses an important clinical project relevant to the health and care needs of people with diabetes. The Fellows will work with the support of the current FEND Chair in Clinical Diabetes Nursing Professor Angus Forbes (who will supervise their PhD) and the wider diabetes research team at King's College London.

A training and development package will be provided to enable the post-holders to become a competent researcher. Applicants from across Europe are welcomed and while students will need to spend some time in London they will be able to conduct their study in their own country. The salary package offered includes a market supplement in addition to salary of £6,300 and the PhD Fees are also included. There are 2 Doctoral Fellowships available.
All applicants should be members of FEND.
 
This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 3 years. This is a full-time - 100% full time equivalent.

FULL DETAILS HERE

 

Cross-border initiative on diabetes: DIAIMMUNE

Type 1 diabetes results from abnormal activity of the body's immune system and it is on the rise in European children and adolescents. A European research project aims to find out why the cleanliness long assumed to be the best defence against this disease could actually be the cause of it.

More information about the project here.

International Nurses Day

The 12 May marks International Nurses Day (IND) and the birthday of Florence Nightingale. This significant day will be celebrated by nurses throughout the world marking the contributions nurses make to society.

In UK, each year a service is held in Westminster Abbey in London. During the Service, a symbolic lamp is taken from the Nurses' Chapel in the Abbey and handed from one nurse to another, thence to the Dean, who places it on the High Altar. This signifies the passing of knowledge from one nurse to another.

Video of IDF Young Leaders

132 Young Leaders in Diabetes from all over the world, aged 18-30 and connected by diabetes want to make a change!

Watch this video to learn more about them, their vision, and what they would like to achieve.

Melbourne Declaration at IDF WDC 2013

(L to R) Sir Michael Hirst, Senator Guy Barnett, Her Excellency Mrs Zuma, Judi Moylan and Adrian Sanders MP

On 4th December 2013 at the IDF World Diabetes Conference the Melbourne Declaration on Diabetes 2013 was officially launched (see above).

The introduction as shown above reads:

Tribute to the late Mary McKinnon RN MSc

It is with immense sadness that we share the news of the untimely death of our dear colleague Mrs Mary McKinnon RN MSc. Mary's contribution to primary care diabetes is well established in the annals of diabetes care in the UK. She was a pioneer in establishing the role of the primary care practice nursing in diabetes. As far back as the early 1980s she was a key contributor and faculty member of the Warwick diabetes centre.

EU Commisioner Borg delivers speech on diabetes

GOOD NEWS FROM BRUSSELS ON WORLD DIABETES DAY!

At a meeting of the European Diabetes Working Group (EDWG) and the European Coalition on Diabetes (ECD), Tonio Borg European Commissioner for Health delivered a most significant speech on diabetes, marking World Diabetes Day.

Professional Qualifications Directive

On 9 October the European Parliament passed the trilogue agreement on the Professional Qualifications Directive, including the amendments on the Common Training Framework that enable the tool to be used for cross-border recognition of Chapter III specialties (e.g. pharmacy, nursing, veterinary medicine).

The vote was passed with 592 votes in favour, 29 against and 30 abstentions.

FEND Award winner 2013

Congratulations to Florence Bassin, a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Diabetes at the University Outpatient Clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland. Florence won the annual FEND award for her study titled "Psychosocial adjustement of the elderly with type 2 diabetes: A descriptive and correlational study."

Pop up association village at FEND conference

FEND would like to invite European national diabetes nursing organisations to take part in the "pop up" village of the 18th FEND Annual Conference in Barcelona, Spain.

This is the first time we have embarked on an informal pop up village. We think it will provide a significant platform for communication and networking for the European diabetes nursing community. There is no charge for participating in this.

Download application form

Tribute to the late Prof Harry Keen CBE MD FRCP

It is with sadness that we share the news of the death of Professor Harry Keen CBE MD FRCP, (5 April 2013).
He was a loyal and sustained supporter of FEND and a major influencer in establishing and recognising the role of the diabetes specialist nurse...
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(image) Certificate of FEND Recognition Award

Recognition Award Recipients 2020 (A-Z)