Diabetes Update - June 2022

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Diabetes Update - June 2022

Welcome to our June diabetes comms update.  We aim to keep you informed on the diabetes work of Strategic Clinical Networks (SCN) and developments that may impact people living with or at risk of developing diabetes in Greater Manchester (GM) and those providing their care.  We want to make sure that GP practices, primary care networks, trusts and CCGs are kept up to date, so please do share these with colleagues and contacts.  Please also let us know if you will like us to share important news or information with other stakeholders in Greater Manchester by emailing winifred.bajulaiye1@nhs.net.

Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme  welcomes new provider

Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme  welcomes new provider

  • The Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme are delighted to announce that Reed Wellbeing has been selected as the new service provider in Greater Manchester. Reed will be accepting GP referrals from the beginning of August 2022.

Please note: Practices can continue to refer patients to the current provider, Xyla Health and Wellbeing, until 31/07/2022 using the direct referral form on GP clinical systems.

  • Healthier You will continue to provide life changing support for people at risk of diabetes and women previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Alongside the face-to-face and the digital services, Reed will offer a new tailored remote service for people who are more likely to experience health inequalities and could benefit from such an approach.  The remote service will be available to patients with a hearing or visual impairment and those from Bangladeshi or Pakistani backgrounds requiring a specific language service.  Lucy Archer, Reed’s Healthier You lead for GM said “We look forward to building on the great work already achieved and will be working closely with colleagues in GM to ensure those people at risk of developing diabetes receive the best support possible to make small lifestyle changes that work for them and help them live happier healthier lives.”
  • More information will be provided to practices by local comms teams in due course along with the necessary referral resources to ensure a seamless transition to the new provider. We have answered some frequently asked questions about the transition and what is means for patients and GPs at <link to be inserted>.  For more information on the programme and how to refer please view our primary care information video at https://vimeo.com/643449200.

Support & training for primary care

Increase the number of patients attending Structured Diabetes Education

  • New primary care staff training for GM will launch in July 2022! We have commissioned GP Excellence Greater Manchester to develop and deliver a primary care training package to help staff support and refer patients into structured education through a personalised care approach. The training will attract CPD, be accredited by the Personalised Care Institute and include:
    • Shared decision making
    • Motivational interviewing
    • Creating a high-quality person-centred support plan
    • SNOMED coding training
  • The programme will consist of eLearning modules, webinars and face to face sessions with the eLearning being available from July 2022. The training will be launched at an introductory webinar on 4th
  • Register your interest by clicking here, for more information about the courses please email gpexcellence@nhs.net.
  • 20/21 National Diabetes Audit figures for GM show just 3.6% of people with type 1 and 6% of people with type 2 attended a structured education course (worse than the England average). You can view your practice, PCN and locality attendance rates on the NDA Diabetes Data Hub hosted on the FutureNHS platform.

Let us help your patients to register on Diabetes My Way

  • New support is available to GP practices to register patients on Diabetes My Way and ease the patient registration process. Many practices are already taking advantage and we are seeing rapidly increasing patient registrations throughout GM with hundreds of new registrations every month.
  • We are offering practices practical and administrative support with sending out invites to eligible patients, please email Manchester@mwdh.co.uk for information and to access this support.
  • For further information on practice support and how Diabetes My Way can improve patients' self-management their diabetes, join one of our webinars on 12:00 noon on 21st and 29th June – just click this direct link to join the Microsoft Teams webinar meeting.

Register to access your enhanced diabetes case-finding reports  

  • You can register here to access the GM Care Record enhanced case-finding searches that that are being developed to risk stratify your diabetes population. This will aid practices with recovery of diabetes care processes following the CoVid-19 pandemic.
  • These will be accessible to practice and PCN staff across GM, to support focused follow-up for risk to help intensify diabetes management where appropriate. Patients will be stratified into one of four tiers based on clinically-validated search criteria with practices able to re-identify their own patients for further follow-up and intervention.
  • The case-finding reports will run automatically in practice utilising data the primary care data from the GM Care Record without the need to manually perform a search on the practice system. Users will simply log-in to the tool and will be presented with their stratified list of patients.
  • The report is currently under development and is scheduled for release in July. To access these searches, staff will have to register for log in details at the link above, more information is available from grayson@nhs.net.

News & Events

  • The Adolescent and Young Adults Audit Report and Interactive Dashboard have recently been published. This report provides detailed information on care and outcomes for people aged 15 to 25 years living with type 1 diabetes and was designed to audit care provision during the period when young people with diabetes transition from paediatric to adult based clinical care.  It links data from the adult and paediatric diabetes audits to create a cohort of 57,060 young people from both datasets (England data only).  The report is available at National Diabetes Audit, Adolescent and Young Adult Type 1 Diabetes - NHS Digital.
  • The NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme is currently available across half of England with 21 ICSs mobilised.  Planning is underway to expand the programme across the whole of England in 2023/24.  As part of this process, views are being sought from all local systems on themes such as ensuring patient choice, different delivery models and maximising uptake through primary care. In order to gather views, a survey has been published at the following link: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/nhs-low-calorie-diet-programme-expansion-local-hea/ and is survey is available now until 30 June 2022.  NHSE/I would be grateful for local response via the survey.
  • The DiRECT (Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial) trial team has published a new study in Diabetic Medicine. It examines the experiences of healthcare professionals who were involved in delivery the DiRECT trial weight management programme. It is hoped that the insights derived into the challenges of implementing DiRECT in primary care can be used to improve the chances of a successful, wider roll-out.

Diabetes Job Opportunity

The Greater Manchester & Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) is seeking to fill a Project Manager (band 7) role until 31 July 2023 on a fixed term or secondment basis to cover maternity leave.  Working in the SCN Long-Term Conditions Team, the post-holder will primarily support delivery of the diabetes programme with some potential additional focus on the frailty programme, and will also incorporate liaison with and support for existing programme work such as the GM Diabetes Clinical Network and the GM Frailty Care Reference Group.

Vacancy Details:


Project Manager Diabetes 

AFC Band

7 (£40,057 - £45,839)


Fixed Term or Secondment until 31 July 2023

How to Apply

Full details & online application available here

Closing Date

23:59 hrs on Thursday 06 July 2022

Interview Date

Tuesday 19th July 2022 via Microsoft Teams.

Job Description 

Download from link above


Ewan Jones,  ewanjones@nhs.net

Sonia Andrade, sonia.andrade@nhs.net

The post holder will manage and support work targeted at achieving nationally and locally agreed deliverables for GM including and/or related to project management services, PMO and reporting on agreed workstreams such as:

  • Continued roll-out and mobilisation of Diabetes My Way in GM.
  • Project management and support for the GM pilot site activity in the NHS Low Calorie Diet programme.
  • Support and servicing for strategic Diabetes and/or Frailty programme groups.
  • Clinician liaison and patient/public engagement activity.
  • Supporting efforts to reduce health inequalities.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Some role-specific subject matter knowledge.
  • Relevant health service experience and experience of liaising with clinicians and a broad range of stakeholders within healthcare systems at GM, regional or national level.
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills, supporting and facilitating discussion to maximise project delivery.
  • Experience of researching and producing detailed correspondence and papers using an evidence-based approach.
  • Project management experience and/or qualifications.
  • A sound working knowledge and experience in project management techniques and be competent in using Microsoft Office Software.

Candidates will be able to:

  • Be keen to listen to and facilitate patient and carer voice into projects
  • Demonstrate NHS values in the way that they work and interact with others

Applications are invited via NHS Jobs at the link above.  Selection will be via online shortlisting followed by interview held via MS Teams on Thursday 07 July 2022. 

See our website for more information on all our networks.