NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning (CCG) has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ for diabetes care following a recent assessment by the National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes at NHS England.
Diabetes is one of the major challenges facing the NHS and estimates suggest that 8.3% of people in Liverpool may develop Type 2 diabetes by 2030, unless more education and support is provided to help people take better care of their health and wellbeing.
In early 2015 NHS Liverpool CCG invested almost £1m into creating a new, integrated approach to diabetes care as part of Healthy Liverpool, to help tackle this challenge and improve outcomes for people living with diabetes across the city.
The Liverpool Diabetes Partnership (LDP) was set up in partnership between Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS Trust and Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, with the specific aims of providing more diabetes care closer to where people live, and more education for patients on how to manage the condition.
Through this new service, patients continue to see consultants, nurses, GPs, dietitians and podiatrists involved in their treatment like before, but now they can receive most of this specialist care closer to home through community-based clinics, with these different health professionals all working together as a single, integrated team.
As part of the service, patients are involved in agreeing a care plan tailored to their own individual health needs, and offered the opportunity to attend a series of diabetes education sessions that provide advice on how best to manage their condition.
The sessions are delivered by nurses and cover a wide range of information and advice for diabetes patients, such as how to effectively manage their condition, the impact of healthy eating and physical activity on their condition, foot care advice, and medication.
In addition, the service has also helped to increase the knowledge and skills of GPs, practice nurses other and community care health professionals who diagnose and treat people with diabetes.
Latest performance figures from December 2017 show that amongst the diabetic population within Liverpool, the service is achieving a 20% reduction in sight and kidney related complications, 12% fewer strokes, and 22% less admissions to hospital for hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels).
However, ulcers and amputations have shown a small increase so far this year, so the CCG will be continuing to focus on urging people to remember the importance of good foot care if they have diabetes.
Dr Janet Bliss, GP and Clinical Director for Community services at Liverpool CCG said:
“We’re absolutely delighted that we’ve been recognised for providing outstanding diabetes care in Liverpool.
“When we first set up the Liverpool Diabetes Partnership, our vision was to provide a person-centred service that would better support people living with diabetes to receive the best possible care, and give patients and their families easy access to advice on how to manage their condition and stay well - all in one place.
“This assessment highlights that we have successfully achieved that, improving the health and quality of life enjoyed by many people living with diabetes in our city, and we want to continue to improve this care in the future.”
Dr Cheong Ooi, Diabetes Consultant from Aintree University Hospital said:
“Diabetes affects a huge number of people in Liverpool and it is great to see that our partnership way of working, which has been made possible with the support of our commissioners, is really benefitting our patients.”
If you or a member of your family have diabetes and would like further advice and support from the Liverpool Diabetes Partnership, please contact them on 0151 529 2878 or speak to your GP.