Diabetes passports help more patients to get vital health checks
Published on: 19 May 2015
The number of patients with diabetes in Bradford City who are now receiving all the vital health checks to make sure their condition is well controlled has increased significantly over the past two years.
Since NHS Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) began its Bradford Beating Diabetes campaign - to tackle the growing problem of diabetes among local people - more and more patients are now getting the checks they need to prevent long-term complications caused by the condition.
The CCG has made diabetes care and prevention a priority and is working closely with local GP practices to raise awareness of the importance of the tests and help them provide high quality care for over 8,000 people with diabetes.
It has been recognised for its innovation by being named as one of seven demonstrator sites for the National NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. This is a joint initiative between NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK which aims to significantly reduce the four million people in England otherwise expected to have Type 2 diabetes by 2025.
In 2013, when Bradford Beating Diabetes started, only 40% of patients with diabetes were receiving the tests but now 68% of patients are having a full annual review. As awareness about diabetes has spread, the number of patients has also risen by more than 1,000 as more people are diagnosed and getting the healthcare they need.
People with diabetes are being helped to keep track of all the checks they need thanks to a passport, developed by the CCG, which gives each patient a personal record of when nine key annual health checks are carried out at their GP practice.
The tests – recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) - are important markers which help to assess whether diabetes is well controlled, and are designed to prevent long-term complications such as amputation, blindness and kidney failure.
They include: weight, blood pressure, smoking status, blood glucose levels, kidney function, cholesterol, eye examinations and foot examinations. If left unchecked, diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure and increase the risk of developing cardiovascular problems such as heart attack and stroke.
Dr Sohail Abbas, GP lead for long-term conditions at Bradford City CCG, said: “This is really good news as it means more patients are getting the essential care they need to manage their diabetes, stay well and prevent complications. It shows what can be achieved when the CCG and practices work together to help improve patient care.
“We want to prevent as many City patients as we can from developing diabetes, as well as providing excellent care and advice to those who have the condition. Complications arising from diabetes can be extremely serious, so it is vital that a patient’s condition is well controlled and that they understand the things they can do themselves to stay as healthy as possible.”
Patients registered with a City practice, who have not yet got a passport, should contact their local GP practice.
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