Our OETT keynote speaker for BAPO 2013 was Professor William Jeffcoate who presented on “Diabetes – the ticking bomb” to a standing room only audience of predominately Orthotists as well as other AHP’s, Prosthetists, technicians and therapist colleagues Professor Jeffcoate, a consultant endocrinologist whose passion is the creation of evidence to underpin clinical practice, presented on the management of the Charcot foot; this has been the major interest and subject of four major foot ulcer trials. The trials were undertaken by his specialised service for the management of the foot in diabetes that has produced over 80 peer reviewed publications. Presently he is chair/co-chair of systematic review working parties for the international Working Group on the Diabetic Foot on infection and on treatment to improve healing. In 2010-12 he has been lead of the working party to develop an audit tool for foot care in routine clinical practice.
His presentation was a resounding success with a balance of education and entertainment from one of the UK’s most eminent speakers on Diabetes that encompassed OETT principles to advance orthotic education.