More people in Tower Hamlets receiving diabetes care

Diabetes UK, the leading diabetes charity, has released the latest information on diabetes care across the country. Their Diabetes Watch tool allows people to compare the standards of diabetes care in their area with the rest of the UK.

Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is pleased to announce that diabetes care in the borough exceeds the national standard across treatment targets and nine care processes, including blood glucose and blood creatinine levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, assessing legs and feet and supporting patients to quit smoking. These processes help to ensure diabetics are receiving the quality care and treatment they need to manage their condition. 

In 2006-2007 only 19.6% of people with diabetes in Tower Hamlets were receiving all nine care processes. This figure has now soared to 79.9%, compared to 60.2% nationally.

This achievement follows the introduction of an integrated care pilot across 36 GP practices in the borough to tackle a number of primary care issues. The pilot was developed using guidance from both NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and Diabetes UK.

The key to the success of the programme was investing in developing a package of care which is delivered consistently by all NHS GP practices in Tower Hamlets, IT services which allows clinicians to track their performance against targets. In addition, diabetes specialist nurses in the community are educating patients on how to manage their condition and there is a greater focus on training staff around diabetes management and care planning.

Dr Sam Everington, chair of Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a local GP said:

“We are thrilled with the results of the Diabetes Watch report, published by Diabetes UK. There has been a considerable effort from all GPs in the borough to deliver quality care to patients with diabetes. There has also been a big campaign across GP practices to educate people on how to manage their condition.

“79.9% of diabetics in Tower Hamlets now receive an annual check-up from their GP. This is an amazing achievement, but we are not stopping here. We are encouraging all people with diabetes to book their annual check-up with their GP practice.”

For more information visit http://diabeteswatch.diabetes.org.uk/