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1,000 healthcare professionals trained in pilot project

1,000 healthcare professionals have been trained in diabetes care planning through the Year of Care partnership, according to a new report launched today (Wednesday 29 June) by Diabetes UK Chief Executive, Barbara Young.

In the three pilot areas of Tower Hamlets, Calderdale and Kirklees and North of Tyne, three quarters of people with Type 2 diabetes on practice registers had at least one care planning consultation, and in the pilot areas care planning has been adopted as the norm.

Supporting people to manage their diabetes

Year of Care, a partnership between Diabetes UK, the Department of Health, NHS Diabetes, and the Health Foundation, worked in diverse communities to support people with diabetes to self manage. In Tower Hamlets PCT care planning has been adopted in 97 per cent of practices. In Kirklees PCT the uptake is 83 per cent and in NHS North of Tyne it is 79 per cent. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) includes care planning as one of 13 National Quality Standard statements for diabetes referencing the Year of Care approach, and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has adopted care planning as a professional standard for GPs.

No decision about me without me

Year of Care has demonstrated how to introduce and embed personal care planning into routine care for people with long term conditions like diabetes. The two-part care planning process involves a discussion between healthcare professionals and the person with diabetes at their annual review, followed by choices of local services to improve their health and wellbeing. 

Diabetes UK Chief Executive Barbara Young said “Year of Care helps bring to life ‘no decision about me without me’. Diabetes UK will keep influencing the health service to help people self manage their diabetes and emphasising the need for decisions about care to be made as a partnership between patients and healthcare professionals.”

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