NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting diabetes patients or carers to get involved with a newly launched initiative set to improve services around diabetes for the local community.
The CCG’s new initiative will work collaboratively with healthcare professionals and patients across West Lancashire in order to review the current service and highlight where it can be strengthened. As part of the initiative, a new local diabetes patient network has been established to allow individuals who understand diabetes to contribute their views to plans for the future.
Dr Bapi Biswas, one of the GP executive leads at NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), says: “As well as disrupting patients’ health and lifestyle, diabetes can reduce life expectancy by 10-20 years making it an incredibly serious disease. This new initiative is a major step forward for diabetes in our local area, but we would like insight from local individuals in moving this forward.”
The CCG would now like to hear from anyone with type 2 diabetes or those caring for someone with type 2 diabetes. For an initial conversation to either offer your feedback or to get involved in attending a diabetes patient network meeting, please contact Amanda Maddocks and NHS West Lancashire CCG, on 01695 588319 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Biswas continues: “The current service is somewhat fragmented and there is an evident need for improvement. By working collaboratively with other healthcare, diabetes experts and individuals with first-hand experience of type 2 diabetes, we aim to shape the future of diabetes for the people of west Lancashire.”
According to the CCG, 5,223 people in west Lancashire are diagnosed with diabetes and many more remain undiagnosed.
NHS West Lancashire CCG is currently working in shadow form with NHS Central Lancashire but will be the main commissioning body for the area as of 1 April 2013.