Diabetic patients across Devon will benefit from £1.16million to help improve their long-term health and prevent them developing complications that lead to amputation.
The funding will support increased resources for Diabetic Foot Specialist Teams, with diabetes consultants, nurses and other health professionals working together to intervene if a patient is developing diabetic foot disease.
In addition, the money will support GPs and diabetes nurses in managing patients’ diabetes in line with diabetes targets recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
This will include managing patients’ cholesterol levels and blood pressure, which can lead to heart problems, diabetic eye disease and kidney disease if not controlled.
The funding is the first of a two-phase grant totalling £2.4million, with the remaining funds being released in 2018 when targets are met.
NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon and South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have been awarded the money from NHS England through its Diabetes Treatment and Care Transformation Fund.
Nicola Gurr, leading the project for both CCGs, said: “This funding will help us to tackle this debilitating illness head on, and to support patients to manage their diabetes in a way that enables them to be as informed, healthy and active as possible.
“Diabetic foot disease can often deteriorate rapidly, which is why our approach will be to create new footcare teams and enhance those already in existence. This should significantly improve outcomes for our patients by providing early identification and access to immediate treatment.”
The news of this £1.16 million funding award follows on from other announcements in recent weeks across the Wider Devon STP footprint that have included North Devon Health Care Trust launching a project that aims to develop a more joined-up service that better supports the growing number of people living with diabetes.