Local doctors, specialist nurses and other healthcare professionals working in diabetes will get together on Wednesday 21 January to launch a network of expertise to share good practice and improve diabetes care in Bristol.
The aim of the network is to share updates, good practice and to discuss ways of improving care and services for people with diabetes or at risk of developing the condition.
Five year programme
Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group is embarking on a five year transformation programme of diabetes services to radically improve treatment and care of patients with diabetes in Bristol.
Step one is to re-establish the Diabetes Local Clinical Network in conjunction with Bristol Community Health’s diabetes specialist nurse team and an alliance of partners. The network will also provide access high quality training and will feed back to the transformation group.
The work will cover type I and type II diabetes, prevention and maintaining healthy life styles.
Commited to improving diabetes care
Dr Gill Jenkins GP, diabetes lead for Bristol CCG said: “We are committed to improving diabetes care in Bristol. Diabetes is a serious condition which is becoming more prevalent in our population and can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney, eye and peripheral vascular disease.
"We want to raise awareness around healthy living options and so that people with diabetes know best how to manage their condition and stay well. The network will help us to improve so that diabetes care is using the most up to date information and is uniform throughout the city.
"We also want to ensure that awareness is raised in the community so that diabetes is diagnosed and picked up quickly.”
Kizzy Harris, Bristol Community Health added: “We hope that the network will help us to make a lasting and real difference to patients in Bristol.”
Phaedra Perry, regional manager at Diabetes UK said: "At Diabetes UK we’ve seen local networks act as enablers of service improvement across the country. Networks help align the ambitions of different clinicians, commissioners and people with diabetes towards a single goal - ensuring the system works together for the benefit of patients.
"We have therefore been delighted to help establish the new network in Bristol and remain committed to ensuring it best serves the interests of its population of people with diabetes."