This service provides nurse led care for people over the age of 18 with Diabetes.
The nurse led team supports both patiens and primary care clinicians such as GPs, Practice Nurses and District Nurses in the recognition and management of Diabetes and Diabetes related complications, working as part of an integrated team with hospital based Diabetes Nurse Specialists and Diabetes Consultants.
Services are provided in community hospital in-patient settings where required or in clinics in a range of GP practices across Cambridgeshire. Home visits are also made where patients are house-bound or are residing in residential or nursing homes.
Benefits from the service can include:
- prevention of diabetes related complications
- promoting and supporting patient self-management of their condition
- reducing the amount of time people have to stay in hospital and preventing avoidable hospital admissions wherever possible
This team also delivers:
- a structured Diabetes Education Programme (DEP) for newly diagnosed Type 2 patients in East Cambridgeshire, Fenland,
Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire, developed by health care practitioners within these localities.
- the national DESMOND (Diabetes Education for Self Management – Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) structured education
programme for patients living in Huntingdonshire
- a structured education programme called DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating) for Type 1 patients in the
Huntingdonshire and Cambridge areas.
Referrals to the service are accepted from:
- primary health care professionals
- community therapists and nursing staff
- hospital based health care professionals
- care home staff
- ward nursing staff
- direct patient access once known to the service
- social care practitioners