New service gives south Londoners quicker access to free diabetes education

As part of World Diabetes Day (14 November) the NHS in south London has launched a new service for people living with type 2 diabetes, making it easier to access vital support.

DiabetesAn innovative new service from the NHS, Diabetes Book & Learn, is being launched so that people can self-refer for diabetes support courses rather than go through their GP.

These courses will help them manage their condition better and significantly decrease their risk of serious complications (such as blindness and amputations). The service also increases choice for south Londoners, who will be able to access expert support through face-to-face courses or online programmes and book onto their choice of course via the website or by phone.

Dr Neel Basudev, local south London GP and Diabetes Clinical Director of the Health Innovation Network, said:

In south London, we are leading the way in making sure that people can access vital support for their diabetes…easily – it’s just a few clicks or a phone call away.
We have opened up support for people with type 2 diabetes. Now you can book yourself onto any one of the courses available across all 12 south London boroughs or online.

The aim of these courses is for people living with type 2 diabetes to improve their knowledge, skills and confidence, enabling them to take increasing control of their condition and integrate effective self-management into their daily lives.

The courses have been clinically proven to have a positive impact on individuals including:

  • Lowering average blood glucose levels, thereby reducing the risk of complications
  • Reducing cholesterol and blood pressure levels
  • Improving levels of physical activity
  • Improving understanding of diabetes and self-management skills
  • Weight reduction.

Whilst 77.3%of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were offered a place on a structured education course, only 9.4% of those people attended.  This could have been for several reasons, from scheduling conflicts to location.

Allowing people to self-refer via Diabetes Book & Learn means that people can now book onto a course when and where suits them, with the option to complete a course online.

To check out the full story and find out about booking a course, visit the Health Innovation Network website.

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