Diabetes Treatment and Care

In December 2016, NHS England had a call to bid for Diabetes Transformation Funding as set out in the NHS Shared Planning Guidance 2017-2019 for supporting improvement in the treatment and care of people with diabetes.

Transformation funding will be used to improve treatment and care for the 2.8 million adults and children diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

More about the Transformation Fund: https://www.england.nhs.uk/diabetes/diabetes-prevention/diabetes-transformation-fund/

The transformation funding includes four interventions:

  • increasing uptake of structured education
  • improving achievement of the NICE recommended treatment targets (HbA1c, blood pressure and cholesterol for adults, HbA1c only for children)
  • reducing the number of amputations by improving access to multi-disciplinary foot care teams
  • reducing lengths of hospital stays by improving access to specialist inpatient support. (NHS England, 2017)

Diabetes UK have announced the STPs who have been successful in their bid for part of the £42million Diabetes Transformation Fund. Locally two STPs were successful:

  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and North Durham STP – £1.19m across 5 CCGs for improving the achievement of the NICE recommended treatment targets and improving uptake of structured education.
  • Durham, Darlington, Tees, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby STP – £529,000 across 5 CCGs for improving the achievement of the NICE recommended treatment targets, improving uptake of structured education, new/expanded multi-disciplinary footcare teams and new/expanded diabetes inpatient specialist nursing teams.