Group calls for access to psychological support for diabetes

By Editor
15th May 2015
Latest news, Psychological support

Everybody with diabetes should have access to psychological support, according to a national conference held today.

When someone is diagnosed with a life-long condition such as diabetes access to psychological support can be limited, but a national group of diabetes psychologists is calling for access for all.

At the Leicester Diabetes Centre we are firmly committed to psychological support and helping people with long-term conditions

The Leicester Diabetes Centre hosted the National Meeting of Psychologists in Diabetes, with more than 50 professionals coming together at the international centre of excellence in diabetes research and education, based at Leicester General Hospital. They shared good practice and there were updates on the latest developments in the field.

Yvonne Doherty, Consultant Clinical Psychologist based at the centre, said: “At the Leicester Diabetes Centre we are firmly committed to psychological support and helping people with long-term conditions like diabetes to self manage their condition. We were therefore delighted to have hosted this national group.”

The group’s lead Clare Shaban, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, said: “Managing diabetes is all about behaviour and psychology is all about understanding people’s behaviour and barriers to self care. It’s about working with the thoughts and feelings behind behavior.

“For more than 10 years we have been promoting the importance of psychological support for people with diabetes. We have had many successes, including getting national recognition from NICE, but there is still a lot more to do to push it up the agenda and ensure everybody with diabetes has access to emotional and psychological support.”

The National Meeting of Psychologists in Diabetes is an independent body of more than 150 professionals working in the field.

The Leicester Diabetes Centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester. It is a leading applied health research unit committed to improving the lives and care of people with diabetes and other long-term conditions.

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