European Train the Foot Trainers programme held in Bled

Jupiter Hall
Hotel Golf Bled, Jupiter Hall

The Train the Foot Trainer program was initiated and is organised by IWDG (International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot) and IDF (International Diabetes Federation) which was attended by delegates and experts from Europe from 17. – 21. February 2015 at Hotel Golf, Bled, Slovenia.

Identifying the need to equip experts in the diabetic foot to deliver effective, well-structured, sustainable diabetic foot training programmes with demonstrable outcomes, the Step by Step Development and Research Group (SSDRG) of the IWGDF initiated the idea at the end of 2010 of developing the Train the Foot Trainer course. The aim is to reach more regions in a shorter period and to respond in an efficient way to the demands.

So far more then 1000 healthcare providers got their training. The TtFT Eur course is endorsed by: EASD, DFSG, DESG, FEND, UNMF, EWMA, IDF Eur.

All participants were assigned rooms overlooking the beautiful lake which had a real inspiration for work. For the plenary hall was used half the Jupiter hall, which has a lot of daylight and is fully technically equipped. In the second half of the hall was held lunch so the delegates were completely separated from the other hotel guests. Additional breakout room Libertas was in use every day of the events, not-far away from the plenary hall. In order to facilitate socializing and networking after dinner, the organizers extended the opening hours of the hotel bar and specially prepared attractive drinks and snacks offer.

The Gala Dinner was held at the Grand Hotel Toplice where guests could enjoy in a traditional local menu with some typical Bled dishes prepared in a modern way by chef Simon Bertoncelj.

Kristien Van Acker, Chair IDF Diabetic Foot Programme/IWGDF expressed great satisfaction with the organization: “The planning and communication beforehand with the hotel went very smoothly and on the spot, the service was great! All the comments we received from the participants to the Training were very positive and the great atmosphere created during the event contributed to its success.”