HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

DR Paul Bowen, clin­i­cal chair of NHS East­ern Cheshire CCG and GP with McIlvride Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Poyn­ton DID you know that one in 20 peo­ple in East­ern Cheshire has di­a­betes and that the num­ber is ris­ing all the time? Of those peo­ple, more than nine in 10 peo­ple have type 2 di­a­betes, which is al­most en­tirely pre­ventable if peo­ple lead healthy life­styles.

As type 2 di­a­betes is linked to be­ing over­weight, peo­ple can re­duce their risk by eat­ing a healthy diet and be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive. And there is lots of great ad­vice on the NHS Choices web­site at www.nhs.uk.

Mean­while, the CCG and its part­ners are work­ing hard to help peo­ple with di­a­betes take bet­ter care of them­selves and re­duce their risk of foot am­pu­ta­tion.

This is im­por­tant as there were 19 foot am­pu­ta­tions in the Cheshire East lo­cal author­ity area in the three years to 2012-13 – the lat­est pe­riod for which fig­ures are avail­able - while 202 pa­tients were ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal with foot dis­ease over the same pe­riod.

And that’s why I’m de­lighted to re­port that we have been suc­cess­ful in a part­ner­ship bid for £227,000 from NHS Eng­land’s na­tional di­a­betes treat­ment and care trans­for­ma­tion fund. The money will be used by us, East Cheshire NHS Trust and Ver­nova Health­care to start a struc­tured ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme for pa­tients liv­ing with di­a­betes and to de­velop a new team to pro­vide rapid ac­cess to spe­cial­ist care for peo­ple with di­a­betic foot dis­ease.

The ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme will be pro­vided by Ver­nova, a not-for-profit com­mu­nity in­ter­est com­pany es­tab­lished by East­ern Cheshire’s 22 GP prac­tices to pro­vide a range of NHS health­care, in­ves­ti­ga­tions and sur­gi­cal ser­vices to which pa­tients are re­ferred by their GP.

NHS Eng­land was im­pressed by our bid as it pro­posed a com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach to the ed­u­ca­tion and treat­ment of peo­ple with di­a­betic foot dis­ease, to­gether with de­tailed plans to ac­cel­er­ate re­fer­rals. NHS Eng­land also recog­nised that our pro­posal rep­re­sented best value for money at a time of sig­nif­i­cant financial pres­sure for the NHS.

The ser­vice spec­i­fi­ca­tion is now be­ing fi­nalised to en­able the pro­gramme to start in 2017-18.

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