NHS England awards East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) ‘outstanding’ for work undertaken to improve diabetes treatment targets and educational support in the East Riding.
Latest figures released by NHS England show the number of patients attending diabetes educational support increased to 9.9% in 2016/17, exceeding the national target of 7.3%. NICE recommended treatment targets have also topped the national target by 0.4%. The CCG now ranks ‘outstanding’ from ‘requires improvement’.
To help people living with diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions, the CCG implemented a number of initiatives.
- GPs carried out regular reviews to identify additional patients who would benefit from diabetes educational support.
- With additional support GP, practices were able to increase the support, help and advice for newly diagnosed patients.
- City Healthcare Partnership in collaboration with Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals developed a diabetes academy to regularly train and upskill nurses and health care assistants providing support and care to patients with diabetes.
To build upon and maintain this success, providers will be enhancing their education teams through increased staffing and additional training for practice nurses allowing them to deliver the type 2 education programme. The newly enhanced teams will be able to offer more flexibility for patients wishing to take part in the course, after work and closer to home.
Jane Hawkard, Chief Officer, East Riding of Yorkshire CCG said: “The NHS England ‘outstanding’ rating shows the dedication and commitment of the CCG, General Practitioners, Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals and City Healthcare Partnership CIC to provide the best possible care for people living with diabetes. The assessment is incredibly thorough and we are delighted to have progressed from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘outstanding’”
Local GP, Dr Gina Palumbo and Chair of East Riding of Yorkshire CCG, said: “This is fantastic news. We have worked very hard with our partners to ensure patients have every opportunity to attend the structured education classes, which are invaluable in providing a greater understanding of their condition. It is crucial that people living with diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to know how the disease affects their body and how lifestyle changes can help to manage the disease and minimise possible complications. After completing the course, patients tell us they feel more confident about looking after their condition, are able to take control and lead a normal, healthy life.”