Diabetes Transformation Fund award announced

Diabetes Transformation Fund award announced

On 21 April it was announced by NHS England that the 8 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across NW London (Harrow, Brent, Hillingdon, Ealing, Hounslow, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea) had been awarded £2,347,000 to transform services for people living with diabetes.  

In NW London the fund has been allocated for 3 areas of improvement: ​

  1. reducing foot and leg amputations using multi-disciplinary footcare teams (MDFT);
  2. improveing access to and attendance of diabetes education programmes for people with diabetes; and
  3. improving the number of patients who achieve the recommeded treeatment targets for blood glucose (the HbA1c test), cholesterol and blood pressure.  

Sadly, their bid for the fourth area of work, specialist diabetes in patient nurses (IDSNs), was not successful despite the fact that at present, Northwick Park Hosptial is struggling to recruit a single specialist diabetes nurse.  

The NW London allocation for footcare was the only bid in England to be awareded in full, which was a credit to those who put a high quality bid application together that aims to meet significant improvement targets.  It is hoped that over a 2 year period, patients will have access to specialist footcare services in all areas during weekdays and there will be 2 hubs at St Mary's Paddington and Northwick Park Hositals, where the service will also be open at weekends where vascular surgeons are on duty all weekend for emergencies.  

The education bid will help the CCGs to ensure all patients with newly diagnosed diabetes get prompt access to training to help them self manage their condition via a single 'point of access'.  Patients will be able to self refer and there will be a much wider choice of courses available, inc several digital options and courses in other languages.  There will also be the option to attend courses closer to where people work, rather than restricitng them to a single local option.  And for those who cannot manage the usual 5 day course, shorter options will become available.  

People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes have been invited to work with the CCGs to help implement these improvements.  If you'd like to volunteer, please contact the programme manager, Lesley Roberts ( l.roberts@nhs.net ) as soon as possible.