Over 20 dieticians, GPs, public health experts, hospital consultants, and lay representatives joined a face-to-face workshop last month, to discuss the diabetes pathway in Kingston and how it can be improved for local people.
The event, which was held at the Guildhall in Kingston, established what is already known about the diabetic population in Kingston, success stories, what stakeholders have told us and how we can potentially work differently to make improvements.
It is vital that we continuously improve the diabetes pathway, this event brought us all together to be able to do that in a structured way.”Kingston GP, Dr Gareth Hull
Denise Madden, Deputy Executive Lead for Kingston Place, said: “This was an excellent and very collaborative event. It was great that so many people could come together to focus on diabetes in this way. Working with system partners is the best way to establish both an overview and a way forward to improve the lives of people with diabetes.”
Kingston GP, Dr Gareth Hull, added: “With growing numbers of people being diagnosed with diabetes throughout the UK, it is no different in Kingston. It is vital that we continuously improve the diabetes pathway, this event brought us all together to be able to do that in a structured way.”
Next steps will be to jointly agree some key priorities with primary care and other key stakeholders, and develop task and finish groups to be able to action and deliver for Kingston residents.