Care for people with diabetes is transforming for the better, with new treatments being introduced and dedicated support being provided in GP practices, offering personalised care.

Following a successful bid to NHS England, our STP has been awarded £1 million this year to improve care and treatment for our patients with Diabetes. The money will be spent in the following ways:

  • To improve access to structured education courses for patients diagnosed with diabetes, helping them to self-manage their condition. Since 1 October 2017, all newly diagnosed diabetes patients are being referred to a new single referral ‘hub’ which will support them in finding the most appropriate structured education programme. Additionally, we will be contacting patients who have been referred but have not accessed the structured education in the past, to provide further support and guidance on what options are available.
  • Roll out support to GP practices to assist them in achieving their National Diabetes Audit and targets relating to diabetes. This will increase the level of early detection and treatment of diabetes, leading to improved outcomes for patients.
  • Implementation of a multidisciplinary foot care team to reduce the number of foot amputations in our patients with diabetes. This team is now operational and brings together experts from different specialities at regular intervals to review patients with diabetes who have specific foot care issues. GPs can also refer patients who meet a specific criterion into the service by calling a dedicated phone line.
  • Increase the number of Inpatient Diabetes Specialist Nurses within secondary care to support patients whilst in hospital, reducing their length of stay and helping to prevent readmission. Recruitment is underway and we hope to be providing a 7 day inpatient service by early next year.

Diabetes Community Champions

In addition, we are working with Diabetes UK who will be supporting us in training Diabetes Community Champions.

Their role will be to work as volunteers within their local community to promote the services that we provide for patients with diabetes and to encourage those patients to make the best lifestyle choices for managing their condition. They will run engagement events in the community to raise awareness and direct patients appropriately to health services. The project will be piloted in Slough with a view to roll out across our partnership footprint once evaluated.