Diabetes website is a success
DIABETES sufferers in Bucks have been given a boost after a website was set up to help them discuss their views and ideas.
The Improve Diabetes site, run jointly by the county council and health chiefs, was launched in June this year and within six weeks had received 1,500 visitors.
It has proved to be such a success that some users are now trying to arrange a face to face meeting with a view to setting up a new diabetes forum.
Project officer Jack Workman said: “The aim was take an innovative approach to the way in which we engage with patients and to tap into people’s ideas and comments to discover what they want in terms of diabetes services in Bucks.
“We are delighted with the success so far because people have really seemed to engage and want to discuss the relevant issues around diabetes.”
The website was set up to listen to the views of people with type one and two diabetes so that healthcare in Bucks could improve, and to raise awareness of the illness in the county by highlighting health issues.
The project, which is still in pilot stage, is run by the Assistive Technology Team based at Bucks County Council with input from patient representative organisations such as Healthwatch Bucks.
Dr Kathy Hoffmann, diabetes clinical lead for Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups, is thrilled with the way the public has responded to the site.
She said: “It’s taken off and developed a life of its own – the site has become the patients’ voice,” she said.
“Several hundred people are returning time and again to it. People who would not normally be able to come to meetings to engage with us are now able to give us opinions at every stage of the process.
“And these views really do matter because every opinion expressed on the site is used to help us make decisions.”
To visit the website, go to https://improve bucksdiabetes.crowdicity. com.