Diabetes UK has developed an animation to help deliver the potentially life-saving message that everyone with diabetes needs to access the checks and services they are entitled to.
The15 healthcare essentials, which include annual eye and foot checks to help prevent complications, as well as services like good hospital care or psychological support if people need it, are vital for ensuring people with diabetes have the best possible chance of a long and healthy life.
But at the moment too few people with diabetes are getting their annual health checks, while services like hospital care and psychological support are often inadequate.
Animation sets out 15 healthcare checks
One of the problems is that people with diabetes do not know what healthcare they are entitled to. We hope that the animation, which is being released to mark the second anniversary of the launch of the 15 healthcare essentials, will help raise awareness of what constitutes good quality care, and so give people the confidence to challenge healthcare professionals if they are not being offered it.
Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said, “The animation is a fun way of getting the message across, but we also hope it communicates the serious message that people need to know about the healthcare they are entitled to receive.
Not enough people getting high-quality care
“We hope this animation will make people with diabetes and their healthcare professionals take another moment to think about the kind of care they should be getting. We know that too few people with diabetes are getting consistently high-quality care at the moment, and one of the ways of addressing this is for people to compare the care they are getting to the standard of care set out in the 15 healthcare essentials.
“We hope that both this animation and the 15 healthcare essentials in general can be the starting point of a conversation between people with diabetes and their healthcare professional about the care they are getting.”
Watch our 15 healthcare essentials animation: