Sunderland diabetes transformation project

Tue 05th December 2017


The aim of the diabetes transformation work is to increase the amount of patients who have improved glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol control, by input from our community diabetes nurses, effective care planning from your GP practices and improved self-care through better diet and exercise.

People with diabetes are at risk of a range of health problems including cardiovascular disease.

Our ambition in Sunderland is that people diagnosed with diabetes will live longer and healthier and have a better quality of life as a result of effectively implementing evidence based primary and secondary interventions. We intend to deliver this by working with and supporting primary care to ensure patients with diabetes who have high blood glucose, high blood pressure and high cholesterol receive optimal care.

Currently, only 40% of patients in Sunderland who have been diagnosed with diabetes are achieving these treatment targets. There is evidence which shows that if patients achieve the treatment targets recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) e.g. a blood glucose below 58mmol/mol, a blood pressure below 140/80 and a cholesterol level below 4mmol/L), it will significantly reduce the risk of developing secondary complications. Treatment target achievement is associated with reduced risk of adverse health events such as limb amputation, kidney disease and renal failure, stroke and heart attack.

New online structured education called ‘HeLP Diabetes’ is now available for people who registered with a Sunderland GP and have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. HeLP Diabetes also provides valuable information about medications used to treat diabetes and resources to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

To access HeLP Diabetes you can register NOW at: or call HeLP Diabetes on 020 7431 9114 to register over the phone.

Email us at: if you have any questions.

To use the programme you will need a valid email address and regular access to the internet.

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