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About us - South West

Diabetes in the South West

Right now there are 288,614 people in the region diagnosed with diabetes, and approximately 10 per cent has Type 1 diabetes.

Estimates suggest a further 71,793 people in the region haveType 2 diabetesbut are either unaware or have no confirmed diagnosis.

Many thousands more are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and the numbers are rising every year. If current trends continue, by 2025 it is estimated by Public Health England that 450,888 people in the South West region will have diabetes.

Diabetes accounts for 10 per cent of the annual NHS budget. Ten per cent of this figure is spent on managingcomplications of diabetes.

Complications such asblindness,kidney diseaseandamputationscan often be prevented or treated earlier with raised awareness and improved care. Diabetes UK estimates that around 80 per cent of complications such as lower limb amputations can be prevented.

About the work of Diabetes UK South West

The Diabetes UKSouth West teamdelivers our national work at a regional and local level.

Working with the NHS

We work with healthcare commissioners and providers within the NHS, healthcare professionals, public health teams and our network of local groups, communities, volunteers and people with diabetes from all across the region to ensure diabetes is at the top of the local and regional healthcare agenda.

We aim to improve care,supportandtreatmentsfor all people with diabetes and their families.

By improving understanding amongst healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes about how to live well with diabetes, we can help prevent more people from developing Type 2 diabetes and raise vital funds for research into the causes, treatment and prevention of all types of diabetes.

Leading a revolution in understanding

We work to achieve a revolution in understanding and support for people with diabetes. We campaign at a local and regional level to increase the profile of diabetes issues.

We raise awareness of diabetes through themediaand aim to influence and improve diabetes healthcare by engaging and working with Clinical Networks and Commissioning Groups, Sustainability and Transformation Footprints, Public health and providers of diabetes services.

Working across all levels of the NHS, ensures Diabetes UK and the patient voice is represented at a local level and a regional level.

Supporting Healthcare Professionals

We provide training and upskilling opportunities to healthcare professionals across the region via our annualHealthcare Professional Conference, which attracts over 100 delegates every year.

Our conference ensures local healthcare professionals have the latest information and raises thier awareness and understanding of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Working with volunteers

We work with ourvolunteersandlocal groupsin the South West to reach out into their local communities and provide information and support to those living with diabetes.

Raising vital funds

Weraise funds for Diabetes UKby supporting local people to raise vital money for research. Diabetes UK is completely reliant upon voluntarily donations from the public and receives no government funding.

We cover the following areas:

  • Devon
  • Cornwall
  • Somerset
  • Dorset
  • Gloucestershire
  • Wiltshire
  • Bristol
  • Bath and North Somerset
  • Swindon
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