A pioneering initiative from Suffolk GP Federation to improve services for the 18,400 people living with diabetes in North East Essex has been commended by charity Diabetes UK after achieving impressive results in its first year.
The Federation, which delivers primary care services in Suffolk and the surrounding areas, was commissioned by the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in 2013 to provide an integrated approach which brings together the majority of diabetes care under the umbrella of one service.
One year on from the launch of the North East Essex Diabetes service (NEEDS), the Suffolk GP Federation has increased the number of patients receiving all eight care processes, which includes blood glucose levels and kidney function, from 40.1% to 60.3%.
Blood pressure and cholesterol outcomes have also improved and hospital readmissions due to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hypo/hyperglycaemia have decreased by 31.6%.
To support the rapidly rising number of people diagnosed with diabetes in North East Essex, patient education and involvement has also been a key focus, with 95% of patients newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and 96% of patients newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes being offered structured education.
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