The CCG regards diabetes as an important priority and over the last 12 months a significant piece of work has been undertaken to redesign and improve the diabetic care pathway for patients. Structured patient education has been identified as one of the key areas for review. Currently all patients with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes are offered a referral to an education session. The referral is made by the patient’s GP or Practice Nurse. Sessions are undertaken by a Diabetes Specialist Dietician and are either group sessions or one-to-one appointments.
In addition to this initial session the Solihull Community Diabetes Team offer the “Diabetes X-PERT Patient Programme”. This is a six-week programme (each weekly session lasting 2½ hours) is run at a variety of times and venues across Solihull for people with diabetes who want to increase their knowledge and confidence to self-manage their diabetes and medication.
Patients can be referred by their GP or Practice Nurse or they can self-refer on 0121 770 4432 to self-refer or from their GP practice staff.
These courses are well received and in 2013 the team received a special mention for providing excellent service in the West Midlands Quality Review Service Overview Report www.healthwatchsolihull.org.uk/news/solihull-diabetes-success
As part of the diabetes redesign, the CCG has also reviewed the available education for diabetic patients and produced a leaflet for GPs and patients to highlight validated resources and support available (click here).
The CCG also recognises that there are an ever-growing number of people with diabetes. It is therefore working with other local CCGs and Public Health departments to support patients at risk of developing diabetes in the future, to help them review their own lifestyle and diet.
The CCG is always happy to work with the public to get their ideas on how we can better develop services and encourages feedback on its proposals. The public are encouraged to become involved in local surveys and their own practice Patient Participation Groups (PPGs). More on the redesigned pathway will be published over the coming months. For more information on this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.