The twelve south London Clinical Commissioning Groups, led by NHS Southwark CCG, along with the Health Innovation Network, the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for south London, are delighted to announce the award of a three-year contract to Spirit Healthcare to help people living with diabetes to select and book the most appropriate diabetes education course for them.
From October 2018, for the first-time, people with diabetes will be offered the choice of any diabetes education course available across south London. This will give them a much wider range of course location and timing options. This will provide the best possibility of increasing attendance rates and helping people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes to take more control of their own health.
Across south London records show that approximately 165,000 people have diabetes, and this is growing significantly every year. With current attendance rates for diabetes education lower than 10%, the partners led by NHS Southwark CCG, sought a solution to increase uptake of new, accessible education services. During the three years of the new contract, over 40,000 people are expected to benefit from the ability to access a wider range of courses in any part of south London.
Spirit is working collaboratively with Priority Digital Health, a forward thinking digital solution provider based in Cambridge, to develop and deliver this innovative booking service.
GPs and healthcare professionals will be able to refer people with diabetes to the booking service and people with Type 2 diabetes will also be able to refer themselves and book their course online.
Caroline Gilmartin, Director of Integrated Commissioning NHS Southwark CCG, comments: “We are delighted to have awarded this contract to Spirit. They really understood our vision for this service and we believe this is a great opportunity to get many more people attending diabetes education courses giving them the skills and information to make positive lifestyle changes, take more control of their health and ultimately helping them to improve their health and well-being, whilst living with a long term condition.
Tim Loveridge, Managing Director, Clinical Services, Spirit Healthcare comments: “We are honoured to have been selected to partner with the south London CCGs and the Health Innovation Network to deliver a broader, more accessible range of diabetes education services to the people of south London. We believe passionately that better education is the key to improving people’s understanding and empowering them to take control of their condition.”
Alison Meadows, Managing Director/Founder of Priority Digital Health added “We are delighted to have been selected to be Spirit Healthcare’s digital partner for this contract and look forward to deploying our priority.me and social prescribing geo-location technology platform in South London.”
The 12 South London CCGs are Bexley CCG, Bromley CCG, Croydon CCG, Greenwich CCG, Kingston CCG, Lambeth CCG, Lewisham CCG, Merton CCG, Richmond CCG, Southwark CCG, Sutton CCG and Wandsworth CCG. The CCGs map directly on to each of the south London Boroughs.