Do you want to raise your voice and make a difference to diabetes services and care in Scotland?
Talking about your experiences and sharing your views can really make a difference.
With Diabetes Voices, you can campaign and influence for change. We will support you to contact the decision makers who can make the improvements you want to see. Sign up to Diabetes Voices.
Below are different ways you can get involved.
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- Join one of the Diabetes Clinical Studies Groups. You will join a group with clinicians and researchers to identify gaps and priorities in diabetes research and influence the commissioning of new research.
- In the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board area, there is a new, innovative, person-centred approach to healthcare that will affect people living with diabetes - the House of Care. It could make real improvements to diabetes care, but we need to make sure the patient voice is heard. House of Care needs your help. If you’d be interested in sharing your views to help improve the House of Care, email Gavin.Thomson@diabetes.org.uk to learn more.
- Come along to the Cross-Party Group at the Scottish Parliament. Everyone is welcome and we can cover costs. You'll get a chance to share your experiences of diabetes care with MSPs, healthcare staff and key decision makers.
- Your local NHS Health Board is responsible for your quality of care. Find your local NHS Health Board on the NHS inform website. There may be consultations or news from your health board relevant to you.
- Would you be interested in joining Diabetes Scotland's Advisory Council? If you'd like to steer the direction of the charity and can attend a few meetings a year, please consider applying.
- If you would like to share your experience of healthcare, Patient Opinion is a great website. Thousands of people have shared their story and it has led to many improvements in the health service. The health board will typically respond directly to your story and - if you experienced a lapse in care - they should inform you what changes are being made to ensure this doesn't happen again. You can read other people's stories involving diabetes care.
- If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing Gavin.Thomson@diabetes.org.uk.