During Diabetes Week, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) is asking people with diabetes to join a new project to improve support for people with diabetes in northern Devon.
The Trust is working with GPs, NHS NEW Devon CCG and people with diabetes to consider how support can be improved so that more people have access to the right support, at the right time and in the right place.
The project is aiming to develop a more joined-up service that better supports the growing number of people living with diabetes, with GPs and specialist teams working together more closely.
Dr Alastair Watt, diabetes consultant at NDHT, is leading the project. He said: “People with diabetes have to manage their condition 24 hours a day. The specialist diabetes team, GPs and patients need to work together to develop a system that gives patients all the tools, information and specialist advice they need to manage their condition, when they need it.”
The first part of the project is to speak to people living with diabetes, as well as their families, carers and peers, to understand what matters to them about their health, and what would best support them to manage their condition and keep as healthy as possible.
Patrick Doran has lived with type 2 diabetes for 19 years and is part of the project team. He said: “I was happy to agree to be on the integrated diabetes project team, because it gives me a chance to share my experiences of trying to control diabetes and to help the NHS by giving direct patient feedback that they can take forward to help others.”
The Trust would like to hear from adults with diabetes, or anyone who supports someone with diabetes, to help the project team understand what people with diabetes need and develop an integrated service shaped around this. To get in touch, contact project manager Andrea Beacham at email@example.com or on 07527 329 414.
With around 700 people across the UK being diagnosed every day, diabetes is expected to affect 1 in 10 people by 2040.