Cumbria Diabetes receives national NHS award

Cumbria Diabetes, a service run by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has received a prestigious national award for its delivery of an education programme for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed Type 2 diabetes (DESMOND) is delivered by Cumbria Diabetes across the county and the team has been presented with the ‘Excellence Award' in the inaugural ‘Celebrating DESMOND awards'.

The winners have been revealed today (14th November) to mark World Diabetes Day, which this year has a ‘healthy living' message relating to the prevention of Type 2 diabetes and the effective management of diabetes to avoid complications.

In the last 12 months there have been 1,800 referrals to the course with 171 courses delivered across the whole of Cumbria.

A further 185 ‘Walking Away' courses, which are aimed at those at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, have been attended by 2,700 people. This is a phenomenal uptake of such a valuable support service.

Dr Robert Westgate, GP lead with Cumbria Diabetes, said:
“It's a whole team approach including service users, commissioners, clinicians and managers that has made the programme a success.
“It's a pleasure to receive this award on behalf of Cumbria Diabetes to acknowledge the enthusiasm and commitment of the whole team who have worked hard to make DESMOND and structured education a success in Cumbria.”

The Celebrating DESMOND Annual Awards was launched to reward excellence and good practice.

Bernie Stribling, national director of the DESMOND Programme, said:
“The standard was high with a degree of excellence demonstrated by many of the entries. However, the Cumbria team showed ‘star quality'.
“It was clear that DESMOND is making a difference to the lives of people with, and at risk of, Type 2 diabetes in Cumbria, with the team going above and beyond in delivering the DESMOND Programme.”

Cumbria Diabetes launched DESMOND in March 2009 and started with six courses per month across the county.

DESMOND is now firmly established as the structured education course of choice for people with Type 2 diabetes in Cumbria, and via the ‘Walking Away' module for people at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Nina Hill, Senior Network Manager for the delivery of diabetes care for CPFT, said:
“Cumbria Diabetes works closely with the national DESMOND programme, local commissioners, service users and primary care. It is as a result of such successful collaboration that has enabled us to develop and expand the delivery of education to reach, support and benefit thousands of people with, or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, county wide.”

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