Diabetes is the most potentially devastating – and fastest growing – health crisis of our time, requiring ongoing high-quality care and support. There are currently 4.5 million people in the UK living with diabetes, and 11.9 million more at increased risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. Those diagnosed face the risk of life-changing, and life-limiting, complications, unless they are given the very best care and the support they need to manage their condition well. As a society we need to work together now – and take action now – to fund critical research, improve healthcare and treatment, and prevent yet more people developing this potentially life-threatening condition. We have a vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm – if you’d like to be part of that, why not join us?
Diabetes affects over quarter of a million people in Scotland. At any point in time between 15 and 20% of people in Scottish hospitals have diabetes. The annual NHS bill for diabetes in Scotland is estimated at £1m, with around 80 per cent (£800,000) spent on avoidable complications.
Diabetes Scotland is now seeking an outcome-focused Regional Engagement Manager for the North of Scotland. The post-holder will work with health boards, integration joint boards, health and social care partnerships, MCNs, hospitals and primary care to improve to improve the care provided to people living with diabetes of all types across all care settings and also improve the prevention of Type 2 diabetes. This will be achieved through a variety of means including raising awareness of the impact of diabetes on individuals and their families, working with partners to improve standards of diabetes care, and achieving greater realisation of the financial costs to the NHS of poor diabetes management.
A key element of the Regional Engagement Manager role is to increase patient engagement so that patients are involved in all aspects of shaping diabetes care in their local areas.
To succeed in this role you will require an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of NHS Scotland and to have the skills and gravitas to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including people living with diabetes, healthcare professionals, NHS managers and local politicians.
What we can offer you
- Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays.
- A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,600 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments).
- Early finish Friday and flexible working.
- Discounts on gym membership and days out.
- Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life.
- Annual Season ticket loan.
- Generous pension provision, life assurance and permanent health insurance.
For more information and to apply please go to the i-appoint website.
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*Under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, as amended in particular by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 this post is subject to pre-employment criminal records checks through the Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS), Disclosure Scotland, Access NI.
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