Since 2010, the Diabetes Modernisation Initiative has worked to develop an excellent system of diabetes care for Lambeth and Southwark. Our vision is to enable people to live well with diabetes through consistent and accessible services designed with patients, by offering the right balance of support and independence, and by applying state of the art treatment and care approaches. Our work has delivered system wide change through engaging NHS partners across Lambeth and Southwark.
When we started our work there were around 24,000 people in Lambeth and Southwark with diabetes and an estimated further 16,000 with undetected diabetes. The number of deaths attributed to diabetes in 2008 was 10 per cent in Lambeth and 6 per cent in Southwark, compared with 5.7 per cent nationally. Earlier detection and better management of diabetes is known to prevent future complications, including amputations and the development of renal failure and retinopathy, which can lead to blindness.
We are incredibly proud of all we have achieved in Lambeth and Southwark for people living with diabetes, and we want share what we have learned with others, including our resources, tools, how to guides and data. We offer them to everyone – commissioners, clinicians and patients – working to improve the care the NHS provides to people with long term conditions. Please take them, use them, adapt them and share them.
We are grateful for the support of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, our NHS partners in Lambeth and Southwark, and of course, the people in our part of London who are now living well with diabetes.