Best initiative supporting self-care
My Diabetes My Way: an electronic personal health record for people with diabetes
by Ninewells Hospital, University of Dundee
My Diabetes My Way is the NHS Scotland interactive website for people with diabetes and their carers. It contains a variety of validated, tailored multimedia resources aimed at improving self-management, and provides users access to their clinical data, using information captured via the NHS Scotland shared electronic record. The system allows patients to become more active participants in their diabetes care and users have reported that it improves their knowledge, motivation, self-management, goal-setting and helps to act as an aide memoir for information discussed during consultations.
"This was an extremely well-written entry with positive feedback received which was great to see. This is an example of an initiative that should definitely be replicated elsewhere."
Adding value to the time spent in the diabetes clinic waiting room
by Dorset County Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
A large part of consultation time at the diabetes clinic was being used simply to deliver test results to the patient, while a lot of time spent in the waiting area was contributing nothing to the clinic visit. The team developed a form explaining a patient's test results and observations to be completed by the clinic nurse and then given to the patient during the period before a consultation. This empowered patients and allowed them to consider targets prior to seeing a doctor. In a related survey, 92 per cent of those who answered the survey question 'Did you find having your results before your appointment useful/helpful?' gave a rating of 7 or higher.
The Diabetes Forum: improving self-management and diabetes care through social interaction
by Diabetes Digital Media Ltd: Diabetes.co.uk
The Diabetes Forum is Europe's largest and fastest growing diabetes forum with more than 60,000 members who have contributed over 337,500 posts in the last five years. It caters for people with all types of diabetes and there is also a dedicated area for children and teens. Over 28 surgeries have requested flyers to promote the Diabetes Forum within their premises as it is considered one of the first places to visit for experiential-based information about diabetes. Each day over 150 users join the forum and over 500 new posts are created.
Working with patients to develop a Manchester Diabetes Centre 'Managing your type 2 diabetes using insulin' course
by Manchester Diabetes Centre, Central Manchester and University Hospitals NHS Trust
Frustrated by the time spent in phone calls and in clinic on insulin dose adjustment the team designed a three-week course for patients to increase knowledge, skills and confidence in self-titrating insulin doses in type 2 diabetes and to help patients develop a suitable lifestyle plan. Pre- and post–course questionnaires demonstrated improvements in knowledge, skills and confidence in aspects of self management.
Minimed structured education insulin pump programme – University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust and Medtronic Ltd Partnership
by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
To overcome the challenge of patients’ reliance on healthcare professional-led education about pumps, UHLT Paediatric Diabetes Team partnered with Medtronic to provide a patient-focused education programme run in six sessions over three months. It teaches patients/families how to self-manage their diabetes using pump therapy and has achieved behavioural change and culture shift in people with diabetes.