Commissioning diabetes care

NHS Clinical Commissioners has published Excellence in commissioning diabetes care.  This report provides examples of where clinically led commissioning is changing the way diabetes care is commissioned and improving people’s lives. 

Since 1996 the number of people living with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled. The NHS is now spending more than £9.8bn each year on treating the condition and its complications.

The new report features a range of programmes from CCGs across the country with case studies including:

  • Slough CCG’s approach involving both targeted support for communities and education in GP practices – the CCG is ranked second best in the country on delivering the eight care processes identified by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as representing good practice in diabetes care.
  • Surrey Downs CCG’s work to improve communication between GP practices and paramedics in relation to incidences of hypoglycaemia.
  • Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCGs’ joint approach to diabetes care, which focuses on what the patient wants to achieve rather than only their blood sugar levels.

The report contains tips on commissioning excellent diabetes care including: involving patients in their own care; collaborating with providers on the move from activity to outcomes based approaches and using data effectively to demonstrate the case for change.

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