Diabetes is one of the great health threats of the 21st century. Across Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield there are an estimated 26,000 people diagnosed with diabetes and these numbers are set to increase due to high obesity levels, an ageing population and a growing population of ethnic minorities.
Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups are working together through the local Diabetes Network to improve care and support for people with diabetes.
Dr Steven Cleasby, NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who is joint chair of the Network, said:
“Improving care for our diabetes patients is a high priority for our CCGs. Every patient should expect to receive a written care plan from their doctor or nurse which is agreed together and then followed throughout the year until the next review. We need to do all that is possible to reduce the number of complications such as heart attacks, strokes and even foot amputations which are all potential consequences of poor diabetes control.”
The Network has developed a five year strategy concentrating on six priorities:
- Prevention – helping people to lead healthier lives so they don’t get diabetes in the first place
- Self-care – helping people with diabetes to manage their own condition with the right support
- Primary care – supporting doctors and nurses so most people with diabetes can be looked after by their GP practice
- Training and education – putting in place arrangements so that everyone caring for people with diabetes has the right level of training and skills for their role
- Foot care – making sure people know how diabetes can affect their feet and providing regular checks and care
- Specialist diabetes services – making sure that people who need specialist help and advice can get it quickly and easily and that they only have to go to hospital if it’s necessary
The Network is now developing the detailed plans that will underpin the strategy.
Notes to editor
- The Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield Diabetes Network is made up of people from different organisations and professions providing care and support for people, including Diabetes UK. Its aim is to develop or redesign pathways and services in the local area to make sure people with diabetes get the best care and support.
- The Strategy ‘Action for Diabetes’ can be found at: http://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Action-for-Diabetes-Calderdale-Greater-Huddersfield-final-version-May-2014.pdf
To find out more about diabetes and whether you could be at risk of type 2 diabetes visit: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes/pages/diabetes.aspx
For information about National Diabetes Awareness Week visit: http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Diabetes-Week/