The Integrated Diabetes Services programme is enabling easier access to care and information for people with, or at risk of diabetes.
Established in 2011, the programme aims to make services available in the community so that people with diabetes are quickly identified and have management plans in place in order to optimise their current health status, avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and prevent adverse longer term health outcomes. This includes enabling alternatives to services in the hospital, supporting cooperation and coordination between health professionals, and facilitating better education and awareness to manage diabetes.
To achieve this, the programme is supporting diabetes programmes and services in the community, encouraging primary, specialist and hospital services to explore new ways of working together, and providing mentoring and clinical education to assist health practitioners to identify and manage their patients with or at risk of diabetes. The Community Diabetes Nurse Specialist and Dietitian service provides general practitioners with clinical education as well as support to look after patients who are more complex.
The Integrated Diabetes Service is overseen by the Integrated Diabetes Service Development Group (IDSDG), which includes perspectives from general practice, district nursing, the Diabetes Center and a consumer.