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NHS Twitter account takeover

Monday 09 January 2017

Bob Swindell, who has Type 2 diabetes and is a member of Diabetes UK's Council of People with Diabetes, is taking over the @NHS Twitter account starting Monday 9 January 2017.

For a week Bob is tweeting about his experiences of living with Type 2 diabetes: what it is like day to day; his views about the level of support available; how he self-manages; and the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

Our team is providing Bob with resources and support during the week, and sharing his messages via our social media networks. In November 2016 Charlotte Austin, who has Type 1 diabetes, took over the account and shared her experience and insight.

Bob and Charlotte are taking part in @NHS, a pioneering initiative to learn about the NHS through the voices of the people on its frontline. Each week a different NHS patient or employee takes over the account, to discuss at first hand their experience of the health service.

Bob's involvement is the result of a collaboration between Diabetes UK and NHS England, so more people understand how the NHS helps people manage their diabetes and to find out what it is really like to live with diabetes.

Pav Kalsi, Senior Clinical Advisor with Diabetes UK, said: "Despite affecting millions of people in the UK, Type 2 diabetes is still often poorly understood. This is a great opportunity for Bob to share his experience, and through that, not only raise awareness of the risk factors and signs of the condition, but also how to manage it well."

Follow the @NHS account on Twitter to see what Bob has to say.

You can help promote the takeover by sharing Bob's tweets with your friends and family, on Twitter, faebook or email. Here's our suggested tweet for you to use: Bob, a @DiabetesUK supporter who has #type2diabetes, will take control of the @NHS Twitter account from Monday 9 January.