Diabetes is a leading cause of premature mortality, with over 22,000 additional deaths each year. It doubles an individual’s risk of cardiovascular disease and costs over £10 billion every year to manage.

The full impact of covid-19 on diabetes prevention, care and treatment is still emerging and may not be known for some time. Key concerns centre on undiagnosed and undermanaged diabetes leading to poorer outcomes, and the challenge of delivering prevention programmes, structured education and monitoring remotely.

The HSJ Diabetes Virtual Forum addressed these challenges, explored innovations that have developed and looked at what services should look like in the future.