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New toolkit to help healthcare commissioners

Three leading patient organisations have today launched a website tool that will help shape better health services for people with long-term conditions.

The Commissioning Toolkit for Long-term Conditions has been jointly developed by Diabetes UK, Asthma UK and the British Heart Foundation.

As the first project of its kind, this interactive resource will provide in-depth information about long-term conditions and guidance on how and when commissioners can effectively work with local people to establish the best service provision.

The key aim is to improve services for people living with long-term conditions by assisting the commissioners who plan and secure health services at both a PCT and GP practice-based level.

The toolkit has been designed by the three charities with input from a number of commissioners, clinicians and other organisations such as the Picker Institute and the Long-term Medical Conditions Alliance.

As well as offering in-depth information about diabetes, asthma and heart disease, the website will provide an accessible gateway to legislation, guidance and other material to aid the commissioning process.

‘'Patient driven services are the future and this toolkit is a huge step towards making this vision a reality," said Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK.

"Commissioning can have a huge effect on the standards of diabetes care. We hope this resource will lead the way in helping commissioners ensure that services truly meet local needs, so that patients experience real benefit."

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