Our Mission: 

“To improve the lives of people with diabetes across Staffordshire”

We will achieve this by taking a holistic approach, working collaboratively to provide an integrated service, ensuring high quality clinical care and the provision of education to people with diabetes and professionals and carers who support them

Who are we?

A specialist nurse led team working across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

What we do:

  • Diabetes Specialist nurse clinics
  • Home visits (For people meeting specific criteria)
  • Structured education for people with Type 1 and 2 diabetes
  • Insulin initiation
  • Flash Glucose monitor initiation
  • GLP-1 initiation
  • Insulin pump service (South Staffordshire only)
  • Carbohydrate counting courses for people with Type 1 Diabetes
  • Dietitian clinics
  • Consultant clinics
  • DESMOND training (Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed)
  • Multidisciplinary work with Long Term Conditions, Podiatry and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies teams
  • GP / Practice Nurse / Primary Care Network support and education
  • District and Community Nurse supervision and education






Diabetes UK Helpline

Call: 0345 123 2399, Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm

helpline@diabetes.org.uk

Talk to us about diabetes

https://forum.diabetes.org.uk

support.forum@diabetes.org.uk




Emotional and Mental Health Support

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Whether you've just been diagnosed or you've lived with diabetes for a long time, you may need support for all the emotions you're feeling. This could be stress, feeling low and depressed, or burnt out. The people around you can feel all of this too. Whatever you're feeling, you are not alone.

DIABETES UK have reported that: 

  • 7 out of 10 people have felt overwhelmed by the demands of living with diabetes.
  • Three quarters of people with diabetes can't get the emotional and mental health support they need.

 

The good news is that research shows that talking therapy with a trained Wellbeing Specialist can improve your mood, reduce your worries and help you manage health problems better.

Midlands Partnership Trust have a team of Wellbeing Specialists specially trained in supporting people with diabetes.

 

How do I get help locally?

 

Online Support and Information:

Diabetes UK: Diabetes Burnout

Every Mind Matters

Know Diabetes: Clear Mind

DigiBete: Support for young people and families

 

Self-management education for people with Type 2 Diabetes inc DESMOND

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Most people with diabetes only spend around three hours a year with their doctor, nurse or consultant. For the other 8,757 hours they must manage their diabetes themselves. Managing diabetes day-to-day can be difficult. This is why it’s important people have the knowledge and skills to manage their diabetes so they can live well and avoid complications. DIABETES UK

 

DESMOND is a course for people with type 2 diabetes. The aim of the education is to reduce risk factors and the complications that develop from Type 2 Diabetes when blood sugars are not managed.

DESMOND is delivered as a full day group, in local community venues, Monday to Friday and some Saturdays.

DESMOND is also available via a mobile phone app for people who are unable to attend a course face to face

GP / Practices Nurses can refer with up to date diabetes blood tests and body mass index.

 

Malcolm: "DESMOND made a big difference"

Joni: "Going on a course has helped get my diabetes under control."

 

Group booking:

South and East Staffordshire Team

Telephone: 01889 572 029

Email: sst-tr.diabetes-southdivision@nhs.net

 

North Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Team

Telephone: 0300 404 2997 Opt 4 or 4532

Email: desmond.north@mpft.nhs.uk

 

Online support:

During COVID 19 (or social distancing), face to face education has been cancelled. If you want more support with your diabetes management or are supporting someone with diabetes, you’ll find tips and advice on Diabetes UK Learning Zone.

If you have type 2 diabetes, you can request access to an online version of the DESMOND for three months. Contact your local community service (details above) for access to the DESMOND diabetes app.

 

Useful websites:

Carbs and Cals

Know Diabetes: Type 2 Diabetes

 

Self-management education for people with Type 1 Diabetes

Carbohydrate Counting

taking-control-logo2.jpgPeople with diabetes spend three hours a year with a healthcare professional on average. For the remaining 8,757 hours you have to manage this complicated condition. Diabetes education courses help people self-manage their diabetes themselves. Managing diabetes day-to-day can be difficult. This is why it’s important people have the knowledge and skills to manage their diabetes so they can live well and avoid complications. DIABETES UK

 

Andy: 'I felt in control of my diabetes for the first time in 10 years'

Stewart: "... given me my life back"

Charlotte: "... changed my life"

 

Group support:

We offer a Carbohydrate Counting & Diabetes Self-management course at venues across Staffordshire. It is delivered one full day a week, over 3 weeks.

GP / Practices Nurses / Diabetes specialist healthcare professionals can refer you to our service if you are interested in attending a group.

If you are having problems getting on a course, or want to know more download the Diabetes UK Advocacy pack

 

Online support:

BERTIE Type 1 Diabetes Education Programme

Diabetes UK: The nuts and bolts of carb counting

Diabetes UK Learning Zone

Carbs and Cals

 

Carb counting using Food labels

Carb counting using Carbs and Cals

Carb counting using handy measures

Carb counting using portions list 

 

MyType1Diabetes

A free online platform to support adults and carers to manage Type 1 diabetes

Structured eLearning courses that are currently available are:

• Understanding Type 1

• Living and Growing up with Type 1

• Considering an insulin pump?

• My insulin pump

 

DigiBete: Support for young people and families

A free online service to support children and young people to manage their Type 1 diabetes.

Food/Eating, Activity and Health

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The foods you eat not only make a difference to how you manage your diabetes, but also to how well you feel and how much energy you have

 

Nutrition and Diet information for everyone:

www.bda.uk.com/food-health/food-facts.html

www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/eat-better

www.carbsandcals.com

www.knowdiabetes.org.uk/be-healthier/eat-better/

 

Weight Management:

www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/enjoy-food/eating-with-diabetes/whats-your-healthy-weight/lose-weight

www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/enjoy-food/eating-with-diabetes/meal-plans

www.nhs.uk/Livewell/weight-loss-guide

 

Diabetes Remission:

www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/treating-your-diabetes/type2-diabetes-remission

www.knowdiabetes.org.uk/know-more/achieving-type-2-remission/

 

Low Carbohdrate:

www.diabetes.org.uk/professionals/position-statements-reports/food-nutrition-lifestyle/low-carb-diets-for-people-with-diabetes

www.knowdiabetes.org.uk/be-healthier/low-carb/

www.lowcarbprogram.com/

 

Emotions and Eating:

www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/emotions/your-feelings-about-food-and-diabetes

www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Enjoy-food/Eating-with-diabetes/food-psychology

https://bingeeatingselfhelp.com/about-dr-jen-bateman/

 

Diabetes and Eating Disorders:

www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/emotions/eating-disorders

 

Bariatric Surgery:

www.oen.org.uk

www.bomss.org.uk

www.wlsinfo.org.uk

www.ndr-uk.org/item/212/BariatricSurgery/Recipes-for-Life.html

Books:

- Denise Ratcliffe-  Living with Bariatric surgery: managing your mind and your weight
- Jenny Radcliffe- Cut Down to Size: Achieving Success with Weight Loss Surgery
 

 

Poor appetite/ Risk of malnutrition:

www.malnutritionselfscreening.org

 

Alcohol:

www.drinkaware.co.uk

 

See Dietetics (Adults) for further information about accessing support

 

 

Diabetes and Exercise

Being physically active is good for diabetes. This includes traditional exercise like going swimming or playing football. But also small things like moving more when you’re travelling to work or using the stairs instead of the lift. It all makes a difference.

 

Healthy activity for everyone:

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/move-more

www.nhs.uk/change4life

www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise

www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/sitting-exercises

www.fallsassistant.org.uk

 

Exercise Advice for people with Type 1 Diabetes:

www.excarbs.com

www.runsweet.com

www.1bloodydrop.com

 

Sleep

www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/sleep/

www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness

www.nhs.uk/conditions/insomnia

www.britishsnoring.co.uk

www.nhs.uk/apps-library/sleepio

 

Smoking

www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/quit-smoking/

 

Blood Pressure & Cholesterol

www.knowdiabetes.org.uk/know-more/feet-heart-eyes-and-kidneys/

www.heartuk.org.uk

www.bhf.org.uk

www.heartuk.org.uk/ultimate-cholesterol-lowering-plan/uclp-introduction

 

Sexual Health

www.knowdiabetes.org.uk/be-healthier/sexual-health/

www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/life-with-diabetes/sex-and-diabetes

www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/complications

 

Pregnancy

www.knowdiabetes.org.uk/resources/internal/planning-a-pregnancy-when-you-have-diabetes/

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/life-with-diabetes/pregnancy

Diabetes Technology: Inc Flash & Continuous Blood Glucose monitoring (CGM)

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Flash glucose monitors are a way of measuring your sugar levels without having to prick your fingers. There is only one flash glucose monitor manufactured at the moment. This is called the Freestyle Libre.

Erin's Story: 'Flash has improved my life'

GP / Practices Nurses / Diabetes Health care professionals can refer people with Type 1 diabetes to our service for consideration with up to date diabetes blood tests

 

To be eligible, you need to meet one or more of these criteria:

  • You have Type 1 diabetes and you need to check your blood sugar level more than eight times a day.
  • You have Type 1 and have previously paid for Flash and can show it has improved your HbA1c.
  • You have Type 1 and have severe hypos or have reduced hypo awareness.
  • You have Type 1 and are unable to test regularly due to a disability.
  • You’re a pregnant woman with Type 1 diabetes.
  • You have cystic fibrosis-related diabetes and you take insulin.
  • You have another type of diabetes that you treat with insulin and you’re also on haemodialysis, which is a procedure that takes over kidney function when your kidneys aren’t working. You’ll also need to show that you have to check your blood sugars more than eight times a day to keep your blood sugar levels in your target range.
  • You work somewhere that your diabetes team have said isn’t appropriate for finger-pricking. Or there are emotional or social factors that mean you can’t prick your finger. Both of these cases mean you can have a six-month trial of Flash.

If you meet any of these criteria, you must also:

  • learn how to use Flash with a healthcare professional
  • agree to check your levels eight or more times a day and use the sensor 70% of the time when you check
  • agree to regular reviews with your local diabetes team.

 

Online Education and Tutorials:

CGM Education Programme

Freestyle LIBRE Acadamy

 

DIASEND

Upload your readings from home for your diabetes health care professional to see.

Registration instructions for current service users:

Access Website: https://www.diasend.com/

Register for personal account

Clinic ID: 76-17690

 

mySugr app

Diabetes management app

https://www.mysugr.com/en/diabetes-app/

Insulin Pump Support

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Insulin pumps are currently only supported in the community in the South of Staffordshire.

 

If you’re thinking about using an insulin pump to treat your Type 1 diabetes follow Insulin Pump link above for further information.

 

DIASEND registration instructions for current service users:

Access Website: https://www.diasend.com/

Register for personal account

Clinic ID: 76-17690

Foot Health

How to look after your feet

Your feet are important, especially if you have diabetes.

With diabetes, it means you’re much more likely to develop problems with your feet – problems that could end up as amputations. But most amputations can be prevented. If you take good care of your feet and check them regularly, you can reduce your risk of developing foot problems. DIABETES UK

 

10 simple steps to prevent foot problems

  • If you want a few pointers on looking after your feet, then take our simple steps to healthy feet: 
  • Get help to quit smoking
  • Manage your blood sugars, cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Check your feet every day
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet and stay active
  • Watch out cutting your nails
  • Make sure your footwear fits
  • Use moisturising cream every day
  • Don’t use blades or corn plasters
  • Get expert advice
  • Keep useful numbers handy

 

14 signs of a serious foot problem

If you spot any of the following changes, you need to see your GP:

  • tingling sensation or pins and needles (like numbness)
  • pain (burning)
  • a dull ache
  • shiny, smooth skin on your feet
  • hair loss on your legs and feet
  • loss of feeling in your feet or legs
  • swollen feet
  • your feet don't sweat
  • wounds or sores that don’t heal
  • cramp in your calves when resting or walking.

 

If you notice any of these changes,

see your local foot team urgently:

 

! changes in the colour and shape of your feet 

! cold or hot feet

! blisters and cuts that you can see but don’t feel 

! foul smell coming from an open wound.

 

See Podiatry page for further information

 

If you have a foot problem it is important to have a good fluid and food intake for healing.

Useful information on keeping well nourished and hydrated:

Leaflets for patients and carers

If your food is making your blood sugars to go too high do speak to your GP/Nurse/Diabetes team so they can help manage your medication around this.

Eye Health

 

Diabetes and Eye Health

 

Eye screening is a way of spotting eye problems before you notice any changes to your sight.  

Everyone who’s over 12 years old and living with diabetes is entitled to an NHS diabetes eye screening once a year. It’s one of your 15 Healthcare Essentials and a vital diabetes health check. 

Diabetic retinopathy can become quite advanced before it starts affecting your sight, so that's why it's important to go to your regular eye screening appointments. That way, you can get the right treatment in time.

 

Preventing diabetic retinopathy

It’s very unlikely that someone with diabetes will suddenly wake up blind - the damage is gradual. Because of this, it’s possible for most people to prevent diabetic retinopathy from getting worse. 

You can keep your eyes healthy by taking these steps: 

  • get your eyes screened
  • spot changes to your eyesight
  • know your blood sugar levels 
  • know your blood pressure and cholesterol 
  • make healthy lifestyle choices.

 

MPFT Retinal Screening appointments:

0300 303 0887

Click here to see their webpage for further information

 


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Diabetes Services (Adults) Contact Details

Cannock: 

PO Box 7014,
5th Floor Civic Centre,
Beecroft Road, Cannock,
WS12 9GT

Tel: 01889 572 038

Tamworth:

Stonydelph Health Centre,
Ellerbeck,
Tamworth,
B77 4JA

Tel: 01827 306 112

Stoke-on-Trent:

Stoke Health Centre,
Honeywall,
ST4 7JB

Tel: 0300 404 2997 Opt 5 or 3878

Get in Contact

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Trust Headquarters, St. George's Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford ST16 3SR

E-mail: enquiries@mpft.nhs.uk 

Switchboard number

0300 790 7000
(staffed 24 hours a day, every day)

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