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Diabetes UK – the year ahead

Diabetes UK has pledged to engage with the new NHS and other influential groups to ensure people living with diabetes are receiving the right level of care throughout 2012, and continue to raise awareness of early diagnosis for Type 2 diabetes.

Barbara Young, Chief Executive at Diabetes UK, said: “We are all feeling positive about the year ahead at Diabetes UK. We will build on the successes of 2011 keeping a clear focus on the distinctive needs of people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. We will continue to ensure that everyone is familiar with our 15 healthcare essentials and receiving the right level of care”.

“We know that healthcare professionals are committed to delivering the 15 healthcare essentials and recognise it is crucial for people with diabetes to get the treatment they deserve. In 2012 we will be launching a major campaign to get a better deal for children with diabetes and we will focus on ensuring everyone gets good foot care to reduce the risk of devastating amputation.”

Providing the right education

In 2012 Diabetes UK will continue to encourage people to check they are receiving the 15 healthcare essentials, a list of the checks and services that all people living with diabetes should be receiving annually, the charity says. In the New Year they will be encouraging people to look through this list and ensure that in 2012 they will receive all of their annual checks. If people are concerned that they have not been receiving the right level of care, Diabetes UK will encourage them to voice their concerns to their healthcare teams.

Aims for 2012

In spring the charity will be focusing on a campaign to ensure everyone gets good foot care to reduce the risk of amputation. A recent survey by Diabetes UK showed that one in four people with diabetes in the UK could be at risk of amputation because they have not received a foot check in the last year. There are currently 100 amputations carried out per week because of diabetes and people with diabetes are up to 15 times more likely to have a major amputation than people without the condition.

During the NHS restructure Diabetes UK remains committed to ensuring that diabetes is at the top of the agenda for clinical commissioning groups. They will continue to highlight the importance for regional and national teams to engage with service providers to ensure that this happens.

To learn more about these and other Diabetes UK initiatives, visit www.diabetes.org.uk.

Published on: February 7, 2012

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