Input FUSION 2019

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending my very first Input FUSION event, I believe the first since Input diabetes charity combined with JDRF UK to help support people with diabetes, particularly around information provision and access to technology. The agenda for the day was an interesting one and the event itself was held in the legends lounge of Birmingham City football club, located just outside Birmingham city centre, a location I know well and have found memories of from competing so frequently there as an athlete.




Input fusion was introduction by Leslie Jordan, originally of Input diabetes and then kicked off by person with type 1 diabetes; Jonsel Gourkan former footballer and pop star turned actor, who talked about the challenges of getting to grips with managing the condition throughout his early years. Diabetes Consultant Partha Kar then spoke about the challenges of access to diabetes technology and his work to broaden it for people with the condition.




We then broke for lunch and I was really impressed by the meal options being carb counted. We then had the opportunity to network with each other and make our way around the rep stands, which was really interesting. My insulin pump is up for renewal shortly and 4 years has absolutely flown by, as has the technology that has advanced in the mean time, so it was good to see what was now available in the UK. In recent months it's seemed like options might have been reduced with the sad dissolution of Cell Novo and Animas. However, there were a few newer companies at the event releasing pumps onto the market and many also bring their own CGM, such as Medtrum and Roche with the Eversense. Medtronic were there with the new 670g pump and it was interesting to see the new Tandem T-slim pump.




The afternoon session was then started with a talk by Melissa, who is also from Input and who spoke about getting the most out of diabetes clinic appointments. There was then a talk from Andy Slowey on his experiences of closed looping to manage his type 1 diabetes. We then broke out into groups, dependent on the topics we wanted to share and discuss in a group. I chose the insulin pump group as fact finding was top of my agenda for the day. It was lovely to hear the view points of other people on a range of different insulin pumps and some on none at all. The day was then drawn to an end by Director of JDRF UK- Karen Addington, who gave an insightful update into the charity's latest research, which was a hopeful way to end the day.










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