Diabetes Service transformation shortlisted for national award
NHS East Lancashire CCG has been shortlisted for a prestigious national health award for their work in transforming diabetes services in East Lancashire. The award is for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Award.
The transformation of diabetes services in East Lancashire has taken three years of work, and was led by Dr Lisa Rogan, Associate Director of Medicines, Research and Clinical Effectiveness. The award means that diabetes services in East Lancashire have been recognised for the improvements they have made to the lives of patients living with diabetes.
Dr Rogan says: “This award recognises the incredible amount of hard work undertaken by health care professionals across primary and secondary care in delivering improved quality of care for people with diabetes in East Lancashire.
“The award is testament to GPs and primary care teams in East Lancashire who have delivered improved diabetes care, and to patients who worked with us from the beginning in co-designing the new integrated model to deliver improved outcomes for people with diabetes as well as helping them to self-manage their condition.”
“Patients can now be seen and treated closer to home in their GP practice, rather than having to travel to the hospital. In addition, access to structured diabetes education programmes has improved significantly through delivery across various localities and times. This has resulted in better uptake and improved outcomes with respect to lifestyle interventions."
The transformation of diabetes care in East Lancashire was identified as a priority by the CCG, following a review of diabetes services which found: variations in outcomes; variations in commissioning arrangements; long waiting lists for consultant referrals and poor access to structured diabetes education programmes. The CCG worked with two academic institutions to deliver a variety of diabetes courses including the clinical diploma to multidisciplinary health care professionals including GPs and practice nurses. This alongside a mentorship programme in collaboration with the hospital resulted in significant upskilling of primary care enabling patients to be managed locally rather than having to travel to the hospital.
Since the new integrated diabetes service has been implemented over 240 health care professionals have attended the academic courses and following an operational mentorship period, these practices are now able to manage more complex patients effectively and deliver the desired outcomes for patients with diabetes. In the last 2 years or so, uptake of the structured diabetes education programme has increased from 1.5% to 54%, with 84% of participants setting at least one self-care goal including improved diet, exercise or stopping smoking.
The announcement of the winner will be made in June in Manchester.