TV diabetes debate to take place in Cumbria

Members of the public are invited to attend the event on 14 November

Members of the public in Cumbria are being invited to take part in a special televised debate about diabetes.

Organised by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Question Health will raise awareness of diabetes and the impact it has on diabetics and their loved ones.

The event will be hosted by Robert Nisbet, UCLan Leader in Residence and former Sky and BBC broadcaster, and is taking place on Thursday 14 November - World Diabetes Day - at Lakes College, starting at 5.30pm. 

One in 16 people have diabetes, either diagnosed or undiagnosed, and that figure is on the rise. This event will discuss all facets of the condition and will be very interesting for all those whose lives are affected by this condition.

The panel of experts will consist of local health care clinicians, UCLan medical academics, diabetes specialists and a diagnosed diabetic. They are:

  • Jamie Reed - Head of Development and Community Relations at Sellafield, and type one diabetic
  • Dr Rahul Thakur - Mackenzie Academic Fellow, UCLan and GP with special interest in diabetes at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust
  •  Professor Jaipaul Singh - Professor of Physiology at UCLan with a research interest in diabetes
  • - Professor Rajbhandari Satyan - Consultant Physician and Honorary Clinical Professor at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Members of the public are invited to attend the event on 14 November

The diabetes Question Health event

Professor Cathy Jackson, Executive Dean of UCLan’s Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences and Head of the School of Medicine, said: “The Question Health event is a great way to bring members of the community together with students and local experts to discuss the health and social care issues that matter to our local population, providing a wonderful educational opportunity at the same time.

“One in 16 people have diabetes, either diagnosed or undiagnosed, and that figure is on the rise. This event will discuss all facets of the condition and will be very interesting for all those whose lives are affected by this condition.”

This event is the third in a series of medical debates, previous topics have discussed mental health and cancer. It follows the same style of BBC’s Question Time, in which the expert panel will take pre-set questions from the audience.

It will be filmed by students and staff from UCLan’s television, media, continuing drama and film production courses. It will be shown at a later date on a Sky TV channel.

To apply for a free ticket and to email a question visit Eventbrite.

Rachel Atkinson | 11 October 2019