Improving Diabetes in Primary Care event

On Monday 26th March 2018, the South West London Health and Care Partnership Diabetes Programme Team invited stakeholders from across the local healthcare system to come together and discuss how we can improve our care for people with diabetes in primary care.

In total 69 people attended including people with diabetes, practice nurses, community nurses, GPs, commissioners, and public health consultants.

You can read the findings from the report here:

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There were 3 key areas to focus on which were highlighted at the event

Care planning

After the event, the diabetes team applied for funding under the NHS England test bed programme and were awarded £565,000 to spend on testing a new model for GP practices to introduce a patient-centred approach to care planning. This is initially being tested in about 20 GP practices across South West London and if this shows good results we will look to spread to further practices.

In partnership with the engagement teams, we produced a survey to ask people with diabetes what they would like their diabetes care to look like in the future. The survey was distributed across Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth using our networks and social media channels.  The feedback from the survey help to secure the above funding to help develop our proposal and that is now being put into practice.

Working together

We are developing a funding proposal for the next wave of the Treatment and Care funding programme that was announced in the Long Term Plan that will include funding to introduce more multi-disciplinary team working and virtual clinics.

Using the whole team

We have promoted the use of e-learning resources via primary care teams and visits to locality meetings. We are also putting on training sessions for healthcare assistants in foot care for people with diabetes, to support both our test bed project and our diabetes foot care project.

We will continue to meet with the engagement teams to talk about next steps.