Diabetes healthcare professionals trained in care for pilot project

Fri, 15 Jul 2011
Up to 1,000 healthcare professionals have undergone a training programme in diabetes care during the Year of Care partnership, it has emerged.

The Year of Care, which involved a partnership between the Department of Health, NHS Diabetes, the charity Diabetes UK and the Health Foundation, focused on the three pilot areas of Calderdale and Kirklees, Tower Hamlets, and North of Tyne, to assist diabetes patients with improvements to self-managing their condition.

It especially helped to show those with long-term conditions such as diabetes how to instigate and have a routine for personal care that involved talking to healthcare professionals, and being aware of the local services available to improve their health and wellbeing .

Around 75 per cent of those with type 2 diabetes had at least one care planning consultation, a practice that has been adopted in the pilot areas. For the primary care trust in Kirklees, the uptake of planning consultations is 83 per cent, while in NHS North of Tyne the levels is at 79 per cent, and in the Tower Hamlets primary care trust it has reached 97 per cent of practices.

Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, commented "Year of Care helps bring to life 'no decision about me without me'."
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