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New diabetes service launches in Nottingham

A new service offering care and support to people who are living with diabetes in Nottingham will be launched on Thursday 25 February.

Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Diabetes UK, Nottingham University Hospitals and Nottingham CityCare Partnership have been working together to transform care delivered to people living with diabetes. 

The service will be launched with an event being held on Thursday 25 February, from 6pm to 8.30pm, at Park Plaza Nottingham, 41 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 6GD.

Local people with diabetes, their carers and clinicians are invited to attend the event where they will get the chance to hear first-hand what future diabetes care in their city will look like and ask questions.

More than 15,500 people in Nottingham are diagnosed with diabetes and this figure has risen by more than three per cent over the last three years, making the need for effective care and support greater than ever. As such, Nottingham City CCG has been conducting a review and consulting with diabetes patients, service providers and clinicians to get a clearer understanding of the best model and journey of care and support for people living with diabetes.

A key feedback point by diabetes patients and clinicians was the need for services to be more flexible and patient-centred, and with a simple one referral route structure. The new Nottingham City Diabetes Service (NCDS) has been designed with this in mind, and will incorporate one team of specialists that work together across both the community and the hospital to meet the needs of people with diabetes across the city.

Patients who are referred to the service will have access to a wide range of structured diabetes education programmes as well as specialist support from nurses and clinicians.

Dr Manik Arora, Nottingham City CCG Lead for long-term conditions, said: “Diabetes is a condition that is increasing at a significant rate in Nottingham. Listening to our patients and clinicians, we have gained an understanding of what people want and we have worked to modify the service in response.

“Previous services have been quite fragmented for patients; the great benefit of this new service is patients will get all the support they need in one place. This could include support from diabetes specialist nurses to dietitians, and include any psychological support needed on an individual basis. We are really looking forward to showcasing the new service at the launch.”

Peter Shorrick, Diabetes UK Midlands Regional Manager, said: “Nottingham is a city that is committed to improving the services it provides people with diabetes.

“Working in partnership and listening to people’s experiences are important steps to ensuring that everyone living with diabetes receives the support they need and has a clear and effective care plan.

“Unlike Type 1 diabetes which cannot be prevented and is not linked to lifestyle, Type 2 diabetes can be delayed and even prevented through adopting healthy lifestyles. This is why it is so crucial that we get better at both helping people to avoid developing Type 2 diabetes and supporting people who have the condition to manage it well so they can live long and healthy lives. Until this happens we will continue to see high rates of premature death, poor quality of life and unsustainable costs to the NHS.

“This new service can play a key role in helping people across Nottingham to manage their diabetes well through providing the necessary care and support. Ensuring that people with diabetes receive all their annual checks and that any concerns are acted upon will help prevent people with diabetes from developing devastating complications including kidney failure, blindness and amputation.

“Diabetes UK is delighted to see the raft of improvements that are being implemented in local diabetes care in Nottingham, and I encourage everyone with diabetes, their families and healthcare professionals to come to this event to ask questions and understand more about the new support and care that will be available in their local area.”

To reserve a place at the launch event on Thursday 25 February and to discuss any access requirements please call Daniella Sarno on 0115 8839256 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Having the right care is essential for the wellbeing of all people with diabetes. There is a minimum level of healthcare that every person with diabetes deserves and should expect. For more details of Diabetes UK’s 15 healthcare essentials go to: 

Published: 11 February 2016