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Major cash boost for Eastern Cheshire diabetes care

Major cash boost for Eastern Cheshire diabetes care
19 May 2017

We've been given a £227,000 cash injection to help people with diabetes take better care of themselves and reduce their risk of foot amputation.

The money was awarded to us, East Cheshire NHS Trust and Vernova Healthcare from NHS England’s national diabetes treatment and care transformation fund.

The funding will be used to start a structured education programme for patients living with diabetes, and to develop a new team to provide rapid access to specialist care for people with diabetic foot disease.

The education programme will be provided by Vernova, a not-for-profit community interest company established by Eastern Cheshire’s 22 GP practices to provide a range of NHS healthcare, investigations and surgical services to which patients are referred by their GP. 

Dr Tom Steele, clinical lead for the bid and GP with Kenmore Medical Centre, Wilmslow said: “NHS England was impressed by our partnership bid as it proposed a comprehensive approach to the education and treatment of people with diabetic foot disease, together with detailed plans to accelerate referrals.

“NHS England also recognised that our partnership approach represented best value for money at a time of significant financial pressure for the NHS.”

The service specification is now being finalised to enable the programme to start in 2017-18.

In the Cheshire East local authority area, there were 19 foot amputations in the three years to 2012-13 – the latest period for which figures are available - while 202 patients were admitted to hospital with foot disease over the same period.

One in 20 people in Eastern Cheshire has diabetes, and the number is rising all the time. More than nine in 10 people with the condition have type 2 diabetes, which is almost entirely preventable if people lead healthy lifestyles.

As type 2 diabetes is linked to being overweight, people can reduce their risk by eating a healthy diet and being physically active. For lots of advice on reducing risk and living with diabetes, visit NHS Choices.