Improved footcare services introduced across Leicestershire
Diabetic foot care for people living in Leicester and Leicestershire has been boosted thanks to the introduction of a new scheme.
Experts suggest around 10 per cent of people with diabetes develop a foot ulcer at some point.
In a bid to speed up the detection of foot ulcers and treating of wounds, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust together with Leicester’s Hospitals, have launched a new and improved pathway, which sets out care routes.
The ‘Care for diabetic foot ulcers in Leicester and Leicestershire’ aims to ensure greater collaboration between care in the community and the city’s hospitals, bringing care closer to home.
It was launched at the Leicester Diabetes Centre on Tuesday, September 4, during a special education day attended by more than 40 podiatrists. The pathway and session were sponsored by Urgo Medical, a leading French company specialising in wound healing.
The training was staged in collaboration with Effective Diabetes Education Now (EDEN), which provides diabetes education for healthcare professionals. EDEN was created by the Leicester Diabetes Centre, which is an international centre of research, education and innovation in diabetes and is part of Leicester’s Hospitals.
Karen Brophy, diabetes specialist at Urgo, said: “The whole ethos of Urgo is healing people and we were delighted to collaborate with the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Leicester’s Hospitals to contribute towards a diabetic foot pathway and reduce healing times and improve patient outcomes.”
Lesley Weaving, Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, added: “We work with the clinics and we also work with primary care, but this updated pathway is about ensuring a seamless service across all health settings in Leicester and Leicestershire. It is about providing people with diabetes the same quality of care for their feet across primary and secondary care facilitated by health care professionals working in both settings.”
EDEN Lead Laura Willcocks, who is a Senior Research Associate at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “We might be a national programme providing diabetes education for healthcare professionals across the country, but we also care passionately about improving diabetes care on our doorstep, so were thrilled to be able to support this work.”
Diabetes currently affects 4.5 million of the UK population, projected to rise to five million by 2025, according to Diabetes UK. Estimates provided by the National Diabetic Foot Care Audit 2018 suggest 64,000 of these will have a foot ulcer at any one time, with a significant impact on their health-related quality of life and at a cost of £1 billion per year to the NHS. This does not include the additional social costs associated with the diabetic foot ulcer, which are estimated at £13.9 billion per year.