Diabetes Care For You Highlighted for Best Practice in National Report
17 June 2019

Too Often Missing: Diabetes Care for You highlighted as example of best practice in a report about the emotional wellbeing of patients with Diabetes

Diabetes Care for You has been highlighted as an example of best practice in a national report from Diabetes UK.

In line with Diabetes Awareness Week from 10 – 16 June 2019, our Diabetes Care for You service was highlighted as an example of best practice in the latest Diabetes UK report on emotional wellbeing.

Diabetes Care for You is a service for adults which helps people with Type 1 and 2 diabetes to live healthier lifestyles, offering advice, support and help with diabetes management and meeting personalised goals. The service offers psychotherapy to patients struggling to cope with the management of their diabetes and places an importance on the mental and emotional wellbeing of the patient.

Diabetes UK, the leading charity for people with diabetes launched their report ‘Too Often Missing’ in the House of Commons on Thursday, which goes into detail about the emotional and psychological impact that diabetes has patients. The report revealed that one of the biggest areas of diabetes care that needs to improve is support for emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Jackie Fosbury, Diabetes Psychotherapy lead for Diabetes Care for You (SCFT) was invited to speak in the House of Commons on Mental Health and Wellbeing about how the service integrates psychological care and treatment in all pathways within Diabetes Care for You.

In her address, Jackie highlighted the importance of integrating psychological care treatment within all diabetes services to prevent hospital admissions due to diabetes complications and to place emotional health more centrally in diabetes management.

Jackie said,

“We need to change our patient's emotional environment, their dietary environment and healthcare environment [...]"

"The NHS Southwest Clinical Networks (2018) state that for every £1 spent on psychotherapy, the NHS saves £29 in admissions. So psychotherapy has to be embedded in all care pathways within diabetes services”.

View tweets from the day on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes here

Pictured from left to right: Dolly Bhaskaran who has T2 diabetes who represents Patient Voice, professor Richard Holt, Professor in Diabetes and Endocrinology, University of Southampton, The Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the APPG for Diabetes, Jackie Fosbury, Diabetes Psychotherapy Lead and then Zena Innocent a T1 patient representing Patient Voice.

Read the Full Diabetes UK Report here