The Lincolnshire healthcare system is working with the Leicester Diabetes Centre as part of a nationwide initiative to increase the uptake of diabetes education. As part of this initiative, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) is making MyDESMOND available to anyone over the age of 18 who is diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
MyDESMOND is an interactive digital programme that was developed by the Leicester Diabetes Centre. It incorporates interactive learning, activity tracking and the ability to chat with other users and a direct connection with experts from the Leicester Diabetes Centre.
Data from 2017-18 shows that over 50,000 adults registered at a GP practice in Lincolnshire have a diagnosis of diabetes, amounting to 7.8% of the Lincolnshire population aged 17 and over.
LCHS provides ‘Spotlight on Diabetes’ group education sessions for people with Type 2 education and last year over 700 people benefited from attending. To support this and to increase access to information and support, LCHS are now proud to announce the launch of MyDESMOND to anyone with Type 2 diabetes across Lincolnshire.
Evidence shows that people with Type 2 diabetes who attend diabetes education see improvements in quality of life; reduced depression and reduced hypoglycaemia rates, leading to better behavioural outcomes: suggesting that those who attend understand more about their diagnosis and therefore do more to improve their health and wellbeing.
Jane Scrafton, Clinical Pathway Lead for LCHS, said: “It is hoped that adding MyDESMOND to our portfolio of diabetes education for Lincolnshire patients will go a long way to making a positive difference to the lives of those with Type 2 diabetes.
“By sharing clear and concise messages to encourage healthy living along with some innovative features such as the ‘buddies’ and education booster sessions, we hope that those with Type 2 diabetes will reap the benefits.
“If you are interested in getting access to MyDESMOND, please speak to your GP or nurse for a referral.”