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Diabetes patients see health improvements through hospital education sessions

People living with diabetes in Worcestershire have seen improvements in their health after attending group education sessions to help manage their condition.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the sessions throughout Worcestershire, has received a national X-PERT Health award for the third year in a row, for the impressive number of patients attending diabetes education sessions.

The trust offers three nationally accredited education programmes; X-PERT Diabetes, X-PERT Insulin and Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating (DAFNE); having this year also introduced a new First Steps Taster Sessions course. Over the past 12 months over 2000 people with diabetes have attended one of these courses.

The award was received by Alison Hall and Jadwiga Borns, Diabetes Specialist Nurses and Rosanne Dunkley, Specialist Diabetes Dietitianin a presentation earlier this month at the Birlington Hotel in Birmingham.

Rosanne Dunkley, Specialist Diabetes Dietitian at the trust said: “I am really proud of what we have achieved with our diabetes education programmes in Worcestershire. We have a range of programmes to suit all people with the condition held at venues across the county.

“The number of people with diabetes in the county is now over 30,000. These education sessions are a huge benefit to our patients and it is fantastic to be recognised for the work we do.”

Paula Kirrage attended X-PERT Diabetes and attends an update session every year. She said: “These sessions keep my understanding of my condition up-to-date and help me to set goals for the future.

“The more I know about diabetes, the longer I can live a healthy life through X-PERT support and self-management.”

Dr Stephen Lawrence, Clinical Lead and Medical Advisor in Primary Care for the Royal College of General Practitioners and Diabetes UK said: “Organisations like Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust are making a real difference to the lives of so many people with diabetes – well done for carrying the banner and providing the evidence we need to keep pushing diabetes education to the top of the agenda.”

If you are interested in attending a diabetes education course, ask your GP or practice nurse to refer you or contact your local diabetes centre for more information.

For more information about the structured diabetes education sessions offered in the county, visit www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/diabetes.