Diabetes is a really important health concern in Norfolk and Waveney, with a high number of people living with the condition.
Our area has one of the largest populations of children and young people with type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune condition. We also have high numbers of people living with type 2 diabetes which is associated with lifestyle factors such as obesity and inactivity but also ageing. Very commonly, type 2 diabetes may be prevented or improved by changing your diet and taking more exercise.
To improve diabetes services we are:
- Offering the National Diabetes Prevention Programme - GPs are identifying people who might go on to develop type 2 diabetes, and referring them specialist support to help to change their lifestyles.
- Investigating how we can harness new developments to help people manage their own care.
- Reviewing diabetes care services - to make sure hospital services, the way young people move to services for adults, and mental health services are delivered.
- Improving the training and development of healthcare staff, helping them to support patients.
- Running support projects and education classes for people living with diabetes, and improved links with care homes.
While many people with diabetes live well, others can develop serious long-term complications that affect their health and wellbeing. There is also evidence that not everyone living with diabetes in Norfolk and Waveney receives the same quality of diabetes care.
This is why we have developed a diabetes strategy for the next five years, that will be used across Norfolk and Waveney to co-ordinate the commissioning of care, streamline decision-making processes, and identify areas where care can be improved. Our overall aim is to:
- Provide high-quality person-centred care
- Remove variation in the care people receive
- Make sure everyone living with diabetes can access the care they need
We are also developing integrated care services across Norfolk and Waveney to help people already living with diabetes. As well as supporting individuals to manage their diabetes, we aim to help address concerns they may have with:
- Emotional wellbeing
- Diet and exercise
- Work/education and finances
- Sexual health
- Access to transport