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NHS Barnsley CCG wants your views on diabetes services

NHS Barnsley CCG wants your views on diabetes services
09 August 2017

NHS Barnsley CCG and its partners are working together to improve the way that diabetes services are delivered, to improve the health outcomes for the people of Barnsley.

Over the past 18 months, the CCG and local diabetes teams have talked to people about how the diabetes services and support work for them and how these services could meet people's needs in the future.

Approximately 14,500 adults in Barnsley have diabetes, with the majority having Type 2 diabetes.

There was lots of positive feedback but one of the main things people said was that they were seeing lots of different teams. This could sometimes feel like they were in a pinball machine - moving from one doctor or nurse to another. Sometimes this meant repeating conversations but it could also mean repeating tests.

The aim is for people living with diabetes, and their families, to feel supported and empowered, so that when they do need these services, it feels like “one team”, each delivering their part, without duplication and designed around the individual.

To make this way of working together happen, a range of local diabetes specialists such as consultants, specialist nurses, GPs, dietitians and podiatrists, along with commissioners, have developed a service specification that describes the aims, outcomes and proposed way diabetes services will run in the future. This was informed by feedback from people with diabetes.

The CCG and diabetes specialist teams have also looked at what other areas of the country are doing to lead the way in this type of diabetes care and support.

As part of the service developments and to make sure that the services can meet people's needs now and into the future, the CCG is putting out a service specification to re-procure two of elements of diabetes services in Barnsley.

These are:

  • The Community Diabetes Specialist Nursing service for adults aged 17+
  • Outpatient services at the hospital, for adults aged 17+ who don't have complex healthcare needs relating to their diabetes

The CCG is asking for feedback from people living with, or caring for someone, with diabetes.

To feedback, visit www.barnsleyccg.nhs.uk/haveyoursay , or call 01226 433775 for a copy of the survey.

The closing date for feedback is 29 August 2017.

  • Diabetes is a serious life-long health condition that occurs when the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body can’t use it properly. If left untreated, high blood glucose levels can cause serious health complications.
  • There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. They’re different conditions, caused by different things, but they are both serious and need to be treated and managed properly.
    • type 1 diabetes– where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
    • type 2 diabetes– where the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the body's cells don't react to insulin
  • Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.