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The Integrated Community Diabetes service provides:

Group Education Sessions:

  • Walking Away From Diabetes 
    Focuses on people who are at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes or have already been diagnosed with impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance. It is a 3 hour group education programme for people fluent in English. 
  • DESMOND
    For patients newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in the last year to support their understanding about the condition and provide them with the information to self-manage their condition. It is a 6 hour structured group education session for people fluent in English.
  • DESMOND Foundation 
    For patients who have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes for more than one year which like DESMOND supports understanding about the condition and provides information to self-manage the condition. It is a 6 hour structured group education session for people fluent in English.

Please note: if you have a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes and are registered with a Luton GP, you can self-refer to DESMOND and DESMOND Foundation by contacting: 0333 405 3185.

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Click here for self-referral leaflet

  • Living with Diabetes in Urdu
    This programme is based on the DESMOND principles of increasing understanding and supporting self-care with Type 2 Diabetes. It is a three hour education programme delivered by a trained diabetes support worker who speaks Urdu.
  • Living with Diabetes in Bengali
    This programme is based on the DESMOND principles of increasing understanding and supporting self-care with Type 2 Diabetes. It is a three hour education programme delivered by a trained diabetes support worker who speaks Bengali.
  • Carbohydrate Awareness Programme
  • Encourages patients with diabetes to consider the impact of food choices on their diabetes control. It supports understanding of how the type and quantity of carbohydrate foods will impact on their blood glucose levels. The target audience is people who are prescribed insulin therapy for diabetes management, however referrals are considered for people not on insulin who are motivated to make dietary changes to improve their diabetes. It is a 3 hour session delivered by a Diabetes Specialist Dietitian.

Click on the link to download a handy guide to all the services available above as part of the EDUCATION PROGRAMME

If you are a Luton HCP looking to refer to any of the above education programmes – click on the link for a Referral Form.

 

Support Group

A local support group which meets monthly is also available to Diabetes patients in Luton. Please contact Ken Alden (ken.alden@hotmail.co.uk) for further details. Please note: this group is not run by CCS NHS TrustClick on the link for Support Group

Diabetes Support delivered 1:1

  • Diabetes Specialist Nurse Community Clinic
    The diabetes review clinics are held regularly at the Luton Treatment Centre.  The consultation is conducted by an experience Diabetes Specialist Nurse and patients will need to meet defined referral criteria, which includes being prescribed maximum oral medication or be on injectable therapy. At the consultation a diabetes management plan will be agreed and a copy sent to GP and patient.
  • Diabetes Specialist Dietitian Clinics
    The Diabetes Dietitian clinics are held regularly at the Luton Treatment Centre. Appointments are for patients with Diabetes who are motivated to engage in diet and lifestyle advice to improve their Diabetes control. If a patient meets the ‘Housebound’ referral criteria, this being; they are unable to leave their home to attend their GP practice, the Diabetes Dietitian can also review patients in their own home.
  • Podiatry clinics
    These clinics are for more complex diabetic foot problems.  Clinics are held regularly at Luton Treatment Centre. If meets the ‘Housebound’ referral criteria, this being; they are unable to leave their home to attend their GP practice, the patient can also be seen in their own home.
  • Housebound Diabetes Specialist review NON routine
    Patients referred need to meet ‘Housebound’ referral criteria, this being; they are unable to leave their home to attend their GP practice.  They will be seen at home by a Diabetes Specialist Nurse or Diabetes Support Worker, depending on reason for referral.
  • Diabetes Mentorship (Urdu and Bengali)
    This is a  3 to 6 month, 1:1 diabetes mentorship support programme for people who have attend Living with Diabetes Education in Urdu or Bengali, have had type 2 diabetes for more than 1 year and who have a high  HbA1c and would benefit from intensive 1:1 support to improve their diabetes.  The mentorship programme is delivered by an Urdu or Bengali speaking, trained Diabetes Support Worker.  When necessary the support worker is supported by a Diabetes Specialist Nurse or Dietitian.
  • Housebound Routine Diabetes Review
    Patients referred need to meet ‘Housebound’ referral criteria, this being they are unable to leave their home to attend their GP practice. They will be seen at home by a Diabetes Support Worker or a Diabetes Specialist Nurse.  A routine 6 or 12 monthly diabetes review will be performed dependent on their diabetes management.
  • Housebound Patient/Carers Education
    A basic 1:1 education programme that takes a maximum of 1 hour to deliver.  Available for housebound patients fluent in English, Urdu or Bengali who fit the ‘Housebound’ referral criteria, this being; they are unable to leave their home to attend their GP practice.

 Referrals to this service can be made by:

  • General practitioners and Practice Nurses
  • Community Nurses
  • Specialists Nurses
  • Diabetes Consultants at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital
  • Other health care professionals and social care workers
  • Self-referrals for education from people living in NHS Luton area if unable to get referred by usual route

Contact Details:
Integrated Community Diabetes Service
Main Telephone number: 0333 405 3128
Education telephone Number: 0333 405 3185

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