Embedding Psychotherapy Within a Community Diabetes Team
by Diabetes Care for You, Sussex Community Foundation Trust
Diabetes Care for You (DCFY) is a community diabetes service commissioned in 2016 to provide care to two Clinical Commissioning Groups. It integrates diabetes psychotherapy and emotional support with the patient pathway and the multidisciplinary team (MDT). This includes clinical work with women with sexual dysfunction, group education for Type 1 (T1) patients and psychological information for a new Type 2 (T2) education curriculum. An eating disorder pathway was created for T1 (Diabulimia) and T2 patients with Binge Eating Disorder. Psychological assessment is available for patients requiring insulin pump therapy and the team works with the young adult clinic MDT.
"A truly innovative approach to integrating diabetes services with all aspects of the patient pathway and the MDT. This produced a clear impact on the most important measures, reductions in Hba1c and improved psychology scores. The focus on female sexual dysfunction is also commendably groundbreaking. This paves the way for further work to generate cost effectiveness data and ensure its spread nationally."
Published by Alison Marfell on 15th Nov 2019
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