Diabetic care in Greater Preston, Chorley and South Ribble has been rated outstanding as part of a national assessment of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
NHS England’s Improvement and Assessment Framework provides a snapshot of how each CCG performs in a number of areas in comparison with other commissioning groups across the country.
The results follow a drive by all GPs across the area to improve diabetic care, as well the creation of several pilot diabetic hubs that sees patients receive integrated diabetes care in a local surgery with collaborative secondary care support from specialist diabetic consultants and nurses.
The original pilot hub is based in Chorley between five practices and the follow up pilots are based in Leyland and Preston with four practices in Leyland taking part and five in Preston.
Furthermore, the National Diabetes Prevention Programme has also been piloted in the area, which identifies potential diabetes patients through blood testing. This programme identifies patients on the cusp of developing diabetes and supports them to stay fit, well and prevent further deterioration.
Since its inception on 1 October 2017, the National Diabetes Prevention Programme has seen 2,457 people referred across 8 Lancashire CCGs.
Diabetic patients can also access the Desmond Programme (Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Diagnosed) which aims to educate patients in diabetes management.
On the rating, Greater Preston CCG Chair Dr Sumantra Mukerji said:
“Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the NHS and has become a significant priority both locally and nationally. We have been working hard to improve care for these patients, and to help prevent diabetes in those patients who are at high risk of developing it, so we are delighted that this has been recognised by NHS England.
Dr Gora Bangi, Chorley and South Ribble CCG chair, added:
“The work being done in diabetic care and prevention is one of the first projects where we have worked collaboratively under the Our Health Our Care programme and has really opened the door for great results in future projects.
“We have seen how providing care closer to people’s homes, away from hospital settings where possible can lead to a better experience for patients and can help to reduce pressure on hospitals, and we will be working hard across primary care to further develop diabetes services in the community.