Berkshire West Diabetes Newsletter - October 2015

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 October 2015
Monthly diabetes news for healthcare professionals and
others in Berkshire West
  Evidence of care planning effectiveness  
A GP surgery in Aylesbury implemented care planning for diabetes 18 months ago with no other changes (i.e. no new patient education programmes, HCP education, no changes to DSN service etc. – unlike Berkshire West).  The proportion of patients attaining HbA1c <59 improved by 10% and HbA1c <64 by 7%. This is good evidence of the effectiveness of ‘stand-alone’ care planning.
  Diabetes prevention and detection with EMIS Web  
Recent diabetes prevention guidelines issued by NICE recommend the use of a validated computer-based risk-assessment tool, such as QDiabetes, to identify patients who may be at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The QDiabetes tool has been integrated into EMIS Web so you can easily meet the NICE recommendations and put your own prevention strategies into place. Take a look at the Newbury Pre-Diabetes Project to see how one practice implemented this functionality.

This page tells you how to use the QDiabetes tool, also known as QDScore, in EMIS Web and then explains how to use the batch add process to update your patient records with their score.  You can then run a search to find your at-risk patients and invite them in for testing.
  Evening educational events/courses  
Certificate in obesity management

A four-day practical course for health care professionals delivered by the Centre for Inter-Professional Postgraduate Education and Training (CIPPET) at the University of Reading, starting on 9th October 2015.

Renal management in diabetes - 13 October 2015
Hilton St Anne’s Manor, Wokingham (sponsored by Boehringer/Lilly)
Dr Ian Gallen and Dr Nitin Bhandary

Diabetes education event - 22 October 2015
Hilton Hotel, Reading (sponsored by Sanofi).
Unmet needs with long acting basal therapy, Dr Mike Baxter
Mature onset diabetes in young adolescents, Maria Briggs DSN

Diabetes, obesity and bariatric care pathway - 3 November 2015
Hilton St Anne’s Manor, Wokingham (sponsored by Boehringer/Lilly)
Dr Theingi Aung and Mr Greg Jones

Details of all of these events are available on the diabetes website under ‘Events’.

  X-PERT referrals  
  X-PERT is at capacity  
  X-PERT has become hugely popular with demand currently outstripping the supply of available courses. Please only refer newly diagnosed patients at the moment and hold back existing ones. The X-PERT team are working hard to improve the situation.  
  Vitual diabetes clinics  
Have you booked your next clinic visit from Dr Ian Gallen? An audit carried out by Dr Gallen shows that six months after his visit, there is an average of a 10% reduction in HbA1c so it really works. Email him at  
Diabetes Specialist Nurse Hotline: 07879 814922 (Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm) Consultant Hotline: 07717 867448. Email:
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