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Bedfordshire CCG secures 0.5 million pounds to boost the health of diabetes patients

06 April 2018


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Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has secured approximately £0.5million additional funds for improving diabetes healthcare for the second year running, following a successful bid to NHS England (NHSE).

The NHSE Diabetes Transformational Funds will allow the CCG to fully implement three improvement programmes developed in Bedfordshire in the past year to benefit the health of people who have diabetes, which cover:

  • Structured education for diabetes patients to help them look after themselves
  • Specialist foot care team to reduce amputations due to poorly managed diabetes
  • Treatment targets so that more patients with type 2 diabetes have blood sugar tests, blood pressure checks and help to reduce their cholesterol level.

In Bedfordshire, almost 30,000 people - 8% of the adult population, are known to have diabetes (slightly below national incidence of 8.7%), but with cases on the increase, this figure is set to rise. 

BCCG’s Clinical Programme lead, Dr Sanhita Chakrabarti said: “The new funding is good news for patients in Bedfordshire because people with diabetes are at higher risk of having a stroke, heart trouble, sight loss or amputation, and are more likely to end up in hospital.

Benefits include offering an additional 560 places for patients on our education programme “DESMOND” giving patients the knowledge and confidence to self-manage their diabetes and stay in better health.”

The CCG plans to build on the positive results from the 2017/18 investment in diabetes care which has already seen foot amputations fall by 11% and fewer hospital admissions caused by diabetic foot disease, thanks to intervention by the community based Multidisciplinary Footcare Team.

This team, brings together podiatrists, highly skilled specialist nurses, and diabetes doctors whose clinical expertise results in faster treatment of foot ulcers, and prevents patients from deteriorating and requiring emergency hospital treatment.

The funding will also be used to support GP practices.

The CCG’s GP Clinical Lead for Diabetes, Dr Shashidhar Ponnala  said: “GP surgery staff are working closely with patients to develop individual care plans for diabetes, and over 90% of practices have signed up to improving treatment targets (in line with NICE guidance) to ensure diabetes patients get their annual  health check-ups to help them keep well.  

The CCG is also offering care plan training for practice nurses and additional specialist diabetes nurses.  We also know that people can find it difficult to stay motivated and may become depressed, so a part time psychologist will be employed to support the mental health needs of these patients.”

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

·         DESMOND is a local health educational programme, funded by BCCG, and offered to people newly diagnosed with diabetes, to help them learn about their condition and how to manage it.

·         Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 450,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

·         BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 50 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire and all of the 50 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members.

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