Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●● DR Tom Steele, GP at Ken­more Med­i­cal Cen­tre, Wilm­slow, and NHS East­ern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) clin­i­cal lead for di­a­betes

IT’S cur­rently Di­a­betes Week, a time when Di­a­betes UK brings all its sup­port­ers to­gether to raise aware­ness of a con­di­tion that af­fects more than four mil­lion peo­ple in the UK.

One in 20 peo­ple in East­ern Cheshire has di­a­betes, and with the fastest grow­ing el­derly pop­u­la­tion in the North West, that fig­ure is only likely to in­crease.

To com­bat this grow­ing trend, the CCG is com­mis­sion­ing an in­te­grated di­a­betes ser­vice, which aims to join up di­a­betes care to sup­port peo­ple to bet­ter man­age their health and well­be­ing.

The new ser­vice is due to go live next month, and will in­cor­po­rate a di­a­betes ‘hub’ man­aged by GPs such as my­self who have a spe­cial clin­i­cal in­ter­est in di­a­betes, and will also have a strong ed­u­ca­tional fo­cus.

This is be­cause ap­prox­i­mately 22,000 peo­ple in East­ern Cheshire are pre-di­a­betic.

Type 2 di­a­betes can be fully re­versed through lifestyle changes such as im­proved diet and in­creased ex­er­cise – but if it can be pre­vented from set­ting in al­to­gether, it is not only hugely ben­e­fi­cial for the pa­tient, but also re­lieves fi­nan­cial pres­sure on the NHS.

As such, cer­tain East­ern Cheshire pa­tients will have ac­cess to the Na­tional Di­a­betes Preven­tion Pro­gramme, a nine-month in­ten­sive be­havioural change course, which, among other mea­sures, helps peo­ple lose weight, be­come more active and im­prove their health for the long term.

The new ser­vice will also in­creas­ingly fo­cus on tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion, build­ing on work we’re al­ready do­ing as part of the STOPandGO pro­gramme.

STOPandGO stands for Sus­tain­able Tech­nol­ogy for Older Peo­ple – Get Or­gan­ised, a Euro­pean Union ini­tia­tive which aims to im­prove health and well­be­ing through the use of tech­nol­ogy.

In terms of di­a­betes, this can mean any­thing from apps which mea­sure blood glu­cose lev­els, to tele­health, which means pa­tients can talk to their GPs via video-calling, so don’t have to leave their homes to re­ceive care.

Putting pa­tients at the cen­tre and em­pow­er­ing peo­ple to man­age their own health is at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do at the CCG.

Find out more about our work to in­te­grate health­care ser­vices at car­ing­to­

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