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NHS staff urged to resume non-COVID health services

By Editor
8th September 2020
Coronavirus, CPD

NHS staff are being urged to speed up the return to “near-normal levels of non-COVID health services”.

In a letter from Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive Officer of the NHS, healthcare professionals are being asked to start preparing for winter and to reinstate most health services once again.

This includes all primary care and community services “where clinically appropriate” and full operation of all cancer services.

With everything that has been happening recently, it’s very easy to forget about people with diabetes who during lockdown had to continue managing their condition as best as they could with only remote consultations to help them through Maggie Meer, DPC Founder

When it comes to diabetes, he has also called on all preventative programmes, which “proactively engage those at greatest risk of poor health outcomes” to be reinstated. These include flu vaccinations, the better targeting of long-term condition prevention and management programmes and obesity reduction programmes including self-referral to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

To further support those working within the diabetes community AstraZeneca has provided a hands-off grant to Diabetes Professional Care, which has been hosting a series of webinars dedicated to improving diabetes care during these unprecedented times.

DPC Founder Maggie Meer said: “With everything that has been happening recently, it’s very easy to forget about people with diabetes who during lockdown had to continue managing their condition as best as they could with only remote consultations to help them through.

“We know that people with diabetes are more likely to develop diabetes complications than die of COVID-19 so our webinars have been all about bringing key opinion leaders together to discuss the best way to avoid clinical inertia.

“At DPC we spend a lot of time talking directly with people who have diabetes and we know they want to be included in conversations about care, approaches and treatments. That’s why we were thrilled AstraZeneca agreed to come on board as – just like DPC – the company believes everyone should have access to healthcare – regardless of language, literacy or socio-economic status.”

The next session of the DPC Summer Forum Part 2 – Rebooting diabetes care series, entitled ‘Nothing about us without us, how to keep the patients at the heart of everything we do’ will take place on Wednesday, September 9 at 7pm.

To sign up, click here.

Photo by Nicolas J Leclercq on Unsplash

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