Over 5,000 patients with Type 2 diabetes set to benefit from NHS funding

People living with Type 2 diabetes will be offered an innovative way to manage their condition using new digital technology, thanks to over £500,000 funding secured by South West London Health and Care Partnership.

The national funding, announced this week (Tuesday 23 October), will allow healthcare professionals to support over 5,000 patients living in south London.

This funding comes as part of the NHS Test Bed programme announcement, which aims to tackle some of the biggest challenges in health and care by testing combinations of innovations in real-world clinical settings.

Technology including personalised video messaging, a one-to-one digital diabetes support programme and a smartphone app to allow patients to access their care plans, alongside other resources that can help them including educational materials, mental health support and local exercise groups.

Dr Naz Jivani, Clinical Lead for Planned Care at South West London Health and Care Partnership said:

“We’re incredibly pleased to have secured this funding to pilot a number of digital tools to support patients to better manage their conditions. Almost 160,000 people in south London have Type 2 diabetes and we are committed to ensuring that they all receive the best possible care.

“This additional investment will allow us to work even more closely with our partners to support innovation and improve clinical outcomes for our patients.”

Dr Neel Basudev, South London Clinical Lead for the pilot and Clinical Director at Health Innovation Network said:

“This funding will allow us to test the latest technologies to understand what works best for our patients, with the opportunity to fast track uptake across the wider NHS.

“In addition, it will allow us to train 20 GP practices to introduce joint care and support planning for patients with diabetes, giving patients a greater say in the management of their condition.”

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP said:

“The UK is a world leader in medical and health research and we want to make sure patients are the first to benefit from the tech revolution happening across the NHS.

“Every day, innovative new treatments are demonstrating the power technology has to save lives – and I want to make these opportunities available across the whole NHS.

“These programmes will fast track innovations from lab bench to patient bedside and help ensure that NHS patients continue to be the first to benefit from the life-changing treatments developed in this country.”