Diabetes professionals gather to collaborate

Healthcare providers have been brought together by the CLAHRC NWC to discuss the future care for people with Diabetes across the region in a Modelling Diabetes event.

It follows the Government’s push for new models of care to be adopted across secondary and primary care, requiring a fresh approach to the care and support of vulnerable populations, with a shift in focus from hospital-based specialist care to the delivery of care in the community. Services for people with diabetes have been pioneers in this shared and delegated care approach for a long time, and these changes represent further innovative extensions of sharing care between the community and hospitals and the variety of staff involved.

In response, CLAHRC NWC assembled key staff from Partners including Diabetes leads from seven Clinical Commissioning Groups (Liverpool, Halton, South Sefton, Wigan, Blackpool, Warrington and West Cheshire), hospital and community-based clinicians, academics, public representatives, medical students and the Academic Health Sciences Network to share learning and test ideas for evaluation.

“There is variance in Diabetes treatment approaches by healthcare providers and by getting them together we can find out which ones are working more effectively”, explains Dr. Pooja Saini, Theme Manager for Knowledge Exchange at CLAHRC NWC.   

“Our outcome target for the day is to start a joint evaluation of the implementation of the models of care for managing diabetes with vulnerable populations, with a specific focus on health inequalities. Five different approaches were discussed today and we learned that there is not just overlap but also significant differences in the relationships between community providers with secondary care.”  

Hosted at the headquarters of Liverpool CCG, further work is now being planned with stakeholders for running a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis on each CCG’s model. These will then be compiled to stimulate further discussions about how we identify best practice in reducing health inequalities.


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