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Lambeth and Southwark ​clinicians recognised for improved care for people living with diabetes 

A diabetes programme in Lambeth and Southwark has been recognised for its work to improve diabetes care.  The London Assembly report, 'Blood sugar rush – Diabetes time bomb in London'​ commends NHS Lambeth and Southwark Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for prioritising diabetes locally and for working together to achieve greater change.

As the organisations that plan and fund health services in Lambeth and Southwark, the CCGs are always looking at ways to help improve health and wellbeing. The Diabetes Modernisation Initiative, supported by the Guy's and St Thomas ' Charity and working in partnership across the two CCGs, GPs, King's  Health Partners and local people,​ has made a real difference to the health of people living with diabetes. Lambeth and Southwark are now ranked 8th and 9th on blood glucose control for their diabetic patients.

In addition, there has been a sharp fall in emergency admissions for diabetes in the under 65s. GP initiated referrals to hospital continue to decline; the Diabetes Community Team has been instrumental in working with GP practices to help them support patients in the management of their own care.

Dr Adrian McLachlan, local GP and Chair of NHS Lambeth CCG said: "We're very proud of the work of the programme over the past two years.  We have a shared vision with Southwark CCG, our partners and local people - to help individuals to better manage their own care, with the support of their GP, so that can stay healthier and avoid the need for trips to hospital. It's fantastic to see that our vision is working."

He added: "I think what's so important about the programme is that it has involved patients at every step of the way. We know that we can only achieve real change if clinicians
and local people are doing this together."

A Diabetes Patient Forum has been working for over two years to improve local services, to engage people to understand about diabetes in their own communities and to offer practical help to those living with diabetes.  Among other achievements, it has brought about improvements in foot care, collected patients experiences of GP practice care and helped design patient information packs. The Forum has now formally affiliated within Diabetes UK, linking it with a network of 400 similar groups across the UK. 

To find out how you can get involved go to
http://www.southwarkccg.nhs.uk/your-health/self-care/long-term-health-conditions/support-groups-in-southwark/Pages/default.aspx