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Care planning: supporting the<br />15 healthcare essentials

Care planning is about you and your healthcare professional working together to identify any problems, agree priorities, set goals and make sure you get all of the care you need. Everyone with diabetes is entitled to care planning appointments with their healthcare team as part of their ongoing diabetes care.

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About care planning

If you have diabetes, you should be at the centre of any decisions about your care – only you really know how diabetes affects your health and day-to-day life.

A care planning review will usually occur as part of your annual review. It’s a chance to stop and

think about how things are going, look at your options and decide what you want out of your diabetes care.

Your healthcare professional should be able to provide information and advice and, where appropriate, refer you to local services that will help you manage your diabetes well.

The care planning process isn’t just a one-off appointment. You should be able to see your test results before the appointment, and spend some time thinking about your priorities and goals as well as preparing any questions you have for your healthcare team. Afterwards, you should receive a Care Plan: a written document of your discussion, goals and actions, agreed between you and your healthcare professional.

You can find out more about care planning, and how to make the most of it, in our short new video atwww.diabetes.org.uk/care-planning.

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