This Wednesday 14 November is World Diabetes Day, but did you know your local NHS is here to help you manage your condition every day?
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been working with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT), Cambridgeshire University Hospitals Foundation Trust (CUHFT), and North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (NWAFT) to bring free, tailored programmes of diabetes support to your area.
Type 1 Diabetes… Anyone diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes can take part in a DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating) course or a Peterborough Dose Adjustment Course (PDAC) - you just need to ask your GP practice or diabetes team for a referral. You will be offered advice, support and guidance for managing your condition, in an informal group setting.
Type 2 Diabetes… If you’re a Type 2 diabetic, the DESMOND course (Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly-Diagnosed) has been designed with you in mind. You can either ask for a referral, or call 0330 726 0077 to book yourself a place. You will be encouraged to share your experiences as well as drawing on the expertise available, to learn more about your condition and how you can manage it.
Dr Mark Brookes, Cambridge GP and CCG Clinical Lead says, “These courses are a great source of support for people with diabetes. We know a lot of previous participants have found them really worthwhile. They come away feeling better informed – whether the information was new or a helpful refresher – and in some cases people have even found themselves becoming part of a new support network.
“If you feel like diabetes has become your life, rather than a manageable part of it, we can help you overcome that.”