Patients in Staffordshire set to benefit from diabetes funding

Patients in Staffordshire are set to benefit from new investment into the treatment of diabetes as NHS England drives forward changes to support people to live healthier lives.

The area’s clinical commissioning groups will receive £186,000 from a national pot of £42m which will be used to advance the care and treatment local diabetes patients receive this year.

The money will be used to improve the achievement of the NICE recommended treatment targets to:

  • improve uptake of structured education;

  • establish or expand multi-disciplinary foot care teams. These include specialists in different areas of foot treatment working together to plan the right care for each patient.

  • establish or expanded diabetes inpatient specialist nursing teams.

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England said: “With more than 18,000 people in England having already started our diabetes prevention programme, the NHS is doing its bit, but this is a battle we cannot win alone.”

Dr Ken Deacon, Medical Director for NHS England (North Midlands) said: “This additional funding is great news for our area and will boost the good work which is already underway to provide a high level of treatment and support for people with diabetes.”

Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, said: “Tackling diabetes is one of the biggest healthcare challenges of our time, as the number of people with Type 2 diabetes continues to rise. The NHS, along with its partners, is going to great lengths to help keep those with diabetes healthy. It is crucial that we have an integrated approach to tackling not just the prevention of Type 2 diabetes but also the successful management of all forms of diabetes and it is essential that we support the spread of evidence based interventions to help reduce the harm that diabetes can cause.”

Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK said: “This is the first time so many local areas will receive new money to help them improve diabetes services. With three million people diagnosed with diabetes in England, it is right that the NHS is helping them avoid complications such as amputations, heart attacks and strokes. Diabetes UK’s partnership with NHS England is helping achieve the improvements people with diabetes need.”

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