Diabetes Update

Sanofi Inspired Diabetes Symposium

21st October 2021 4 – 6 pm

Join us at the Sanofi Inspired Diabetes Symposium Webinar. An opportunity for a multidisciplinary approach to inform and empower you with knowledge from a diverse range of subjects, impacting on different aspects of diabetes management with the key GIRFT recommendations in mind to improve care of our patients.

What to expect? 
Expect a variety of different topics, like:
  • Key GIRFT recommendations
  • Management of Type 1 Diabetes beyond HbA1c
  • Management of diabetes complications

Scroll down to see the full programme and list of speakers with their biographies and register to let us know you will be joining. This promotional webinar is organised and funded by Sanofi.


Time Session SPEAKER


Opening Remarks Professor Mike Baxter - Chair
Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Ashford and St Peters NHS Trust
16:05 GIRFT (Getting It Right First Time) in Diabetes Professor Gerry Rayman MBE
Consultant Physician, Head of Service Diabetes and Endocrine Centre Ipswich Hospitals NHS Trust
16:30 Our Commitment to Diabetes and Why Sanofi Cares Rebecca Reeve
Head of Professional Relations, Sanofi
Jason Bonnett
Head of Marketing UK & ROI, Sanofi
16:40 Type 1 Diabetes Outcomes Measures Beyond HbA1c: The role of second-generation basal insulins Professor Pratik Choudhary
Professor/Hon Consultant in Diabetes, DRC, Leicester Diabetes Centre - Bloom University of Leicester
17:05 Rationale for the use of combination injectable therapy in patients with Type 2 Diabetes Professor Rory McCrimmon
Dean of Medicine, Professor of Experimental Diabetes and Metabolism; SDRN Lead
17:30 Redefining Cardio Metabolic Risk in Diabetes Complications Dr Prashanth Vas
Consultant Diabetologist and Diabetic Foot Physician King's College London
17:50  Discussion and Close  



CPD credits have been applied for this webinar. Please note that to be eligible for CPD point, you will need to attend a minimum of 1 hour of the live event. This event is intended for UK healthcare professionals only. Adverse events reporting and prescribing information will be available at the meeting. Reporting forms and information can be found at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. Adverse events should also be reported to the Sanofi drug safety department on 0800 0902 314. Alternatively, send via email to UK-drugsafety@sanofi.com. 

The chair and speakers

    Professor Mike Baxter

    Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Ashford and St Peter's NHS Trust

    Mike has a background in Biochemistry, immunology and medicine and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He was a consultant diabetologist, endocrinologist and general physician at an acute trust for 30 years. During this time was also Clinical Director of Medicine (7 years), Medical Director of the Trust (10 years) and Deputy CEO (5 years). He stepped down from his NHS clinical role in 2012 and was an NHS Non-Executive Director at ASPH (5 years) and Frimley Health (9 months) where he made an active contribution at board and committee level with a focus on patient and staff outcomes, safety and experience. Mike is also an Honorary Professor (medicine) at the University of Swansea where he designed and delivers a course on aspects of diabetes. Mike has worked with Sanofi since 2012 and has been involved with data generation, publications and more recently a seconded post working with the Japanese affiliate in launching a new diabetes therapy. 

    Mike is currently retired from Sanofi and is working as a locum consultant in diabetes at Ashford and St Peters Trust to support the backlog of Covid patients.

    Mike has published a number of papers in international journals and been involved in numerous studies and presentations at international congress.
    Professor Gerry Rayman

    Consultant Physician, Head of Service Diabetes and Endocrine Center Ipswich Hospitals NHS Trust

    Gerry Rayman is a Consultant Physician at the Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, Ipswich Hospitals NHS Trust, Honorary Professor at University of East Anglia, Visiting Professor at the University of Suffolk, and Associate Lecturer at Cambridge University. He contributes to research into complications of diabetes, particularly foot complications, and new technologies in diabetes care including devices and diabetes education. He has been the clinical lead for Diabetes UK’s ‘Putting Feet First’ campaign and has contributed to NICE guidelines on the diabetic foot (CG10, CG119 NG 19) and the NCEPOD recommendations on lower limb amputations and perioperative care. He has been the NHS Diabetes Clinical Lead for diabetes in-patient care and foot disease. He is the STP lead for diabetes in Suffolk and NE Essex. He is the innovator and lead of the National Diabetes Inpatient Audit. He is past President of the Endocrine and Diabetes Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, Chair of Diabetes’ Clinical Study Group in Acute Care, Clinical Lead of Diabetes' inpatient initiative and the Getting it Right First Time co-lead for Diabetes aimed at improving diabetes care in England. 
    Professor Pratik Choudhary

    Professor of Diabetes at the University of Leicester

    Pratik's clinical and academic interests are around type 1 diabetes and technology, with academic and clinical projects that integrate education, psychology, and technology. He has a particular interest on helping embed new technology into clinical practice, to support health care providers as well as people living with diabetes.

    Professor Choudhary also holds a position at King's College London, where he has on-going projects looking at central mechanisms of hypoglycaemia unawareness - using neuroimaging to work out why some people lose the ability to recognise low glucose levels; as well as different strategies including education (DAFNE plus), psychology HARPdoc programme.

    He led a work-package focussed on continuous glucose monitoring within the EU-funded HYPORESOVLE consortium looking at different ways to reduce the impact of hypoglycaemia on people with diabetes. In addition to this Professor Choudhary is currently chair of the UK Diabetes Technology Network, member of the EASD postgraduate education committee, Associate Editor for Diabetic Medicine and member of the Secretary of State for Transport's Medical Advisory Panel for diabetes. He has worked with several academic and commercial partners on developing studies and products to help bring them to market.
    Rebecca Reeve

    Head of Public Relations, Sanofi

    Becky Reeve graduated from Salford University in 1994 with an Economics degree and then undertook her Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma at Nottingham Business School. She joined AstraZeneca, spending nine years there in several roles including sales, management, and training.
    Joining Aventis (now Sanofi), Becky has experienced several commercial and medical roles, providing valuable experience, and forging a number of relationships across the company, the industry and amongst key stakeholders in diabetes and in the NHS.

    In January 2011 Becky became the Head of Professional Relations, and through this role has enabled Sanofi to support programmes such as Insulin Safety Week, Hypo Awareness Week, Quality in Care Diabetes, Sanofi Cares and develop free apps for children with diabetes such as Monster Manor and Mission T1D.
    Jason Bonnett

    Head of Marketing UK & ROI, Sanofi

    Jason leads Sanofi Diabetes' Strategic and operational activities in the UK and Ireland focusing on bringing value to the health system through new launches and established brands across medicines, devices, services, and new technologies. 

    Before joining Sanofi, Jason worked at Eli Lilly, leading the insulin portfolio, and launching several products and devices as part of the marketing team for 8 years. 

    Jason’s passion is using tech and healthcare together to solve population health issues and improve access to healthcare. He is also leading the UK virtual healthcare franchise for Sanofi UK.
    Dr Prashanth Vas

    Consultant Diabetologist and Diabetic Foot Physician King's College London

    Dr Prash Vas is a Consultant Diabetologist and Diabetic Foot Physician at King's College Hospital. The King’s Diabetes Foot Clinic was the first dedicated multidisciplinary foot clinic in the world and is one of UK’s largest units dealing with complex diabetic (and sometimes non-diabetic) foot problems.

    He has research interests in the aetiopathogenesis of diabetic foot ulcers, development of diabetic neuropathy (especially small fibre neuropathy) and in validation of new techniques designed to detect neuropathy.

    His work with Gerry Rayman at Ipswich Hospital led to the development of the Ipswich Touch Test, now widely recognised as a simple reliable method to assess loss of protective foot sensation. It has been taken up by Diabetes UK as the ‘Touch the Toes’ test. He has also been a part of two Quality in Care - Diabetes award-winning teams, most recently in 2014. 


In this new world we are all faced with managing our patients in a variety of environments with an unprecedented demand on our clinical capacity. This demands that we prioritise effective therapies to optimise treatment to improve outcomes in both the short and longer term.



Professor Mike Baxter - Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
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