Pilot project to support Polish people living with diabetes

By Editor
26th September 2022
Good practice, NHS

A pilot project has been launched in Norfolk to help Polish people living with diabetes in the region.

Specialist diabetes community nurses, dieticians, and physicians from Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH) have begun working with interpreters and offering educational resources translated into Polish to help people living with diabetes to better manage their condition.

The project is initially being trialled with a handful of individuals, but the team plans to offer this support to the hundreds of Polish people living with diabetes across the region and hopes to eventually share its experiences and resources with other diabetes healthcare professionals throughout the country.

Dr Jason Cheung, NNUH In-patient Diabetologist Consultant and Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, said: “Our diabetes nursing team was regularly receiving feedback that our region’s translator service was lacking and often impractical. This, in turn, was creating a huge barrier in all aspects of diabetes care, including education on diabetes self-care skillsets.

“So, with support from Diabetes UK and the help of interpreters, we’ve launched this new project to support Polish people living with diabetes which, we hope to make a meaningful difference to people’s lives.

“Over the next few months, we’ll be focusing on supporting patients, families and our primary care colleagues in the Breckland area but, once we’ve identified which areas of the project are the most successful, we hope to roll it out across the region.

“We’re very keen to make sure that the resources we create are sustainable and easily replicable so that in the future we can share them with any UK region that is looking to manage similar challenges.”

The trial of the project in Norfolk is due to end in either late Spring or early Summer 2023.

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