Local NHS improves access to courses for diabetes patients

Patients from Hambleton and Richmondshire areas with type 2 diabetes now have better access to educational courses thanks to the local NHS and extra funding. 

The local NHS clinical commissioning group is investing in a local course, ‘Diabetes Today’ which was written and developed by Diabetes Dietitian, Elaine Gill who is based at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.

Last year NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) was successful in bidding for £183,000 of funding to help improve diabetes care for local patients. Since then, the CCG has been working hard to invest this funding in local diabetes services for patients. One of the key priority areas has been to improve access to educational courses for patients with diabetes. The CCG is keen to see the rating improve significantly for patients with the new investment received in 2017.

The course was officially accredited in September 2017 by an independent body. From December 2017, the CCG re-launched the ‘Diabetes Today’ course in partnership with the GP Federation, Heartbeat Alliance and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Heartbeat Alliance is now recruiting more practice nurses in the Hambleton and Richmondshire area who will be trained to deliver the course in partnership with dietitians from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Heartbeat Alliance is now in the process of recruiting practice nurses in the Whitby area and there are plans to expand to more localities in the community across Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby.