A new Suffolk and North East Essex campaign ‘Learn to live well with diabetes’ has been launched in Diabetes Week (11 – 17 June) to advertise the benefits of attending free NHS courses which are run by diabetes specialist nurses and dietitians in each local area.
People living with diabetes in Suffolk and North East Essex are being urged to book themselves onto NHS courses which are essential to their diabetes care.
A new website www.mydiabetes.org.uk has information about how courses have helped people with diabetes management, the types of courses available and an easy to use enquiry form. Anyone living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes in Suffolk or North East Essex can book a course directly without having to be referred by their GP.
Information leaflets and posters are being distributed to all GP Practices and all healthcare professionals are being reminded to recommend and actively encourage people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes to attend a course.
The ‘Learn to live well with diabetes’ campaign is led by the Suffolk and North East Essex sustainability and transformation partnership (STP), one of 44 STP partnerships in local areas covering all of England where NHS and local Councils are improving health and care in practical ways through local collaboration.
National charity Diabetes UK is supporting the campaign. Its Head of Care, Dan Howath, said: “Diabetes is a serious and complex condition which can lead to devastating health complications, such as amputations, blindness and strokes if not managed well. Free education courses, like DAFNE and DESMOND are vital for helping people with diabetes understand and manage their condition better.
“These courses have a brilliant, positive impact, and evidence shows that attending a structured education course can improve diabetes control, and in turn reduce the risk of potentially life-changing complications.”
Simon Parfitt, a patient from Haverhill with Type 1 diabetes who took part in the DAFNE course, said: “The course has given me the knowledge and tools needed to help me look after myself better, leading to less intervention needed with West Suffolk Hospital.
“It has also been beneficial to meet other people with Type 1 who are sharing the same challenges, so we can keep in touch and support each other going forward.”
A group including Simon Parfitt (second left) doing the Type 1 diabetes course called Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating (DAFNE) in Suffolk.
Photo Credit: West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust