Services for patients with diabetes in Stoke-on-Trent have been rated as Outstanding.
The rating has been awarded following a comprehensive assessment by NHS England for the last year. Services for North Staffordshire patients were rated as Good.
Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the NHS. Around 17,000 adult patients registered with Stoke-on-Trent GPs have been diagnosed.
Over 90 per cent have type 2 diabetes which is closely associated with conditions including obesity, and can be managed effectively by a combination of medication and lifestyle changes including diet and exercise.
The annual assessment is based on two key indicators:
- treatment received
- patients receiving education about their condition.
Dr Seyi Ogunmekan of the Furlong Medical Centre in Tunstall is an adviser on diabetes for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire CCGs.
Dr Ogunmekan said: ‘’I am delighted with this result. This could not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of local GPs, practice nurses and health care support workers. We are working hard and aim that North Staffordshire services will also be rated as Outstanding.
“I would like to acknowledge the support of local diabetes consultants and diabetes specialist nurses who are involved in providing education and support for GPs and practice nurses.”
“Because lifestyle is key to control of most adult diabetes it is a real partnership between clinicians and each patient. Education is vital, as a patient who is properly informed about their condition can more effectively take control and manage it.”
Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire are recognised as leaders in the way new technology is being used to help patients monitor and control a number of conditions including diabetes.
Florence (or Flo) is a locally developed mobile phone based platform. It allows clinicians to communicate securely with patients to remind them to monitor their readings and take medication. It can issue advice and raise the alarm if a patient’s condition deteriorates. It can reduce the number of unnecessary appointments for patients whose conditions are stable, leaving more time for clinicians to focus on those who are struggling.
Dr Ogunmekan added: “Research informs us that better control of blood pressure and blood sugars in persons with diabetes results in fewer complications such as strokes, heart attacks, leg or foot amputations and blindness.”
Some diabetes facts:
- It is estimated that diabetes accounts for around 10 per cent of all NHS spending
- There are around 3.6 million people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes
- There are estimated to be 1 million people in the UK with undiagnosed diabetes
- Since 1996 the number of people in the UK with diabetes has doubled
- Most children with diabetes have type 1 which is a lifelong condition. Over 90 per cent of adults with diabetes have type 2 which is often controlled by leading a healthier lifestyle
- Obesity is the most potent risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
A new series of training days for patients with diabetes has recently been announced. For more information and booking details.