Clinical areas - Diabetes

The Health Innovation Network Diabetes Clinical Programme is working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders including health care, industry and third sector, academic institutions, services users and residents of South London boroughs. Together we are developing and implementing innovative ways of improving health outcomes for people with diabetes and working to share best practice across our network.

This work programme has drawn on research, NICE guidance and local service developments in order to create a successful network that will deliver a systematic approach to improving health. This will be done in a way that meets the diverse needs of the increasing numbers of people with diabetes living and working in South London.

The diabetic programme has developed high level plans to build on the good work being undertaken across South London and we are in the process of setting up task and finish groups to look at how best to implement a programme of work in our project areas.

Background:

The Health Innovation Network Diabetes Clinical Programme is working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders including health care, industry and third sector, academic institutions, services users and residents of South London boroughs. Together we are developing and implementing innovative ways of improving health outcomes for people with diabetes and working to share best practice across our network.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessments were used to identifying key areas of variation and risks. High level priorities were developed and refined by the programme team in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders; this consultation developed the Diabetes Programme’s three main focus areas:

  • Supporting better self-management

  • Enabling systems for better integration of care

  • Adopting new technologies

A review of the population prevalence and needs assessment demonstrates why the care of people with diabetes needs to be developed in a coordinated and innovative way. The prevalence of diabetes is above the national average and Public Health assessments suggest that this is likely to increase rapidly with a 2.4% per annum growth forecast across the region.

We need to develop a system that provides early intervention and care because there is significant variation in access to services across South London for people with diabetes.  More needs to be done to support equal access to care. We are beginning to tackle this in balance through a number of projects targeted at improving access to structured education, assuring integration of care and the adoption of new technologies or access to existing technologies to identify and address complication rates.

The programme is keen to work with stakeholders across the network to promote more efficient use of resources because:

  • Spending on diabetes already accounts for approximately 10% of the NHS budget in England.

  • Better care integration and improved support for self-management will enable people to manage their condition more effectively, leading to a reduction in the number of people who go on to develop multiple complications.

Learn more about some of the work the Diabetes programme has done with our Diabetes Improvement Collaborative:

Health Innovation Network Diabetes Improvement Collaborative from Health Innovation Network on Vimeo.