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Innovative collaboration to improve diabetes pathways in NE Essex wins at prestigious national diabetes awards

05 Nov 20

Health in Mind (North East Essex IAPT) and North East Essex Diabetes Services (NEEDS) project to improve diabetes pathways for residents in North East Essex has received recognition at the 2020 Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes Awards that were held virtually on Thursday 15 October.

Diabetes can have a profound impact on emotional wellbeing which can affect people’s ability to self-manage their condition. By working closely, Health in Mind and NEEDS are able to provide integrated care to improve both the physical and emotional wellbeing of people with diabetes in the local area.

The innovative diabetes pathway offers access to a specialist wellbeing and diabetes course, co-located clinics and individually tailored therapy sessions delivered by a therapist with additional knowledge about diabetes.

The award presented was for the Mind and Body Healthy Together category which recognises initiatives that deliver emotional wellbeing support for people with diabetes of all ages. Judges of the QiC Diabetes Awards commented: “The entry is a fantastic idea and really needed. It is a simple solution with huge benefits and is a great collaborative piece of work. A brilliant example of integrated care”.

Health in Mind provides a free, confidential NHS mental health service to residents who are aged 16 and over and living in and around Colchester and Tendring. The team offers a wide range of talking therapy treatments as part of the national initiative, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).

Service Manager Gareth Walton and Elizabeth Harrington Deputy Clinical Lead said: “We are delighted to receive this award and to continue working closely with NEEDs to provide high quality integrated care for residents. The collaborative working has led to an improvement in both patient wellbeing scores and diabetes self-management across the region”.

To find out more about the Health in Mind service, visit www.northessexiapt.nhs.uk


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