We win contract for new community diabetes service
07 October 2015

We win contract for new community diabetes service

We’re pleased to confirm that SCT has been awarded a three-year contract to be the lead provider of a new Diabetes Care For You service for patients living in Brighton & Hove and the High Weald, Lewes and Havens area of East Sussex.

We’ve been awarded the contract by NHS Brighton & Hove clinical commissioning group and NHS High Weald Lewes Havens clinical commissioning group.

We will deliver the service in collaboration with Brighton and Hove Integrated Care Service, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and Diabetes UK.

Diabetes Care For You will deliver a ‘one-stop shop’ approach so that patients who have a diabetes diagnosis or are at risk of developing the condition receive personalised support in their local community.

Developed in consultation with patients and diabetes specialists, the service will bring NHS hospital and community teams closer together, working under a single leadership structure in collaboration with GP practices and Diabetes UK.

The new service is due to launch in July 2016. It will offer patients and their carers:

  • Holistic support via a team of health professionals.
  • Better access to education and information to support self-management.
  • Early identification and effective management of diabetes so that care, wherever possible, is provided out of hospital in a community setting.

SCT’s Commercial Director, Siobhan Melia, said: “We are pleased to have been awarded the contract to develop the new Diabetes Care For You service and thank the clinical commissioners and other partners for this expression of confidence in our work. We will now begin the detailed planning work to enable us to assume responsibility for the new service next April, and to ensure continued improvement and innovation in the care of local people with diabetes.”

High Weald Lewes Havens CCG chair, Dr Elizabeth Gill, said: “We are delighted to secure a new and improved service for local diabetes patients and those at risk of developing the condition. With an ageing population, diabetes is a growing concern. For the first time we are bringing all community-based services for diabetes together – from prevention to treatment. We are confident this will result in better, more integrated care and better outcomes for local people with diabetes.”

Brighton and Hove CCG Chief Clinical Officer, Dr Christa Beesley, said: “Diabetes care has improved significantly in recent years but there is still scope to improve health outcomes for patients and reduce future prevalence of the disease. Complications related to diabetes can be far-reaching, including blindness, amputation, kidney and cardiovascular disease. Many of those at risk are also in need of specialist nutritional and lifestyle advice and psychological support. This new service model aims to wrap care and support around the specific needs of the individual so that local people with diabetes can stay as well as possible for as long as possible.”