Diabetes Newsletter – June 2019

www.berkshirewestdiabetes.org.uk June 2019
Monthly diabetes news for healthcare professionals and
others in Berkshire West

  Psychological support for patients  
We are all aware that diabetes can cause significant psychological difficulties for patients, both at diagnosis and with ongoing management. They have to deal with this complex multi-system disease 24/7 and may have complications to cope with as well. Comorbid anxiety and depression are very common.

Can I remind everyone that Talking Therapies have a dedicated community programme for those with Type 2. They have over 20 specially trained CBT therapists based in GP surgeries across Berkshire West, with clinical psychologist backup. There is very good evidence for the effectiveness of this programme - available here.

Referral rates are good and rising, and Talking Therapies do have capacity to receive more. They take referrals directly from healthcare professionals, or patients can self-refer but should mention that they have diabetes.

If any practice has spare room and would like to host a therapist please contact Dr Alison Salvadori, Consultant  Clinical Psychologist, phone: 0750 0920844 / 0300 365 2000 or Email: alison.salvadori@berkshire.nhs.uk
  Diabetes research opportunities  
There are many research opportunities locally for any interested practices. Further details are available below: 

TriMaster: Royal Devon and Exeter
Aim of study: This study aims to identify which groups of patients respond best to three different third line oral agents used for type 2 diabetes; Pioglitazone, Sitagliptin and Canagliflozin. End date January 2020. This has a tight inclusion/exclusion criteria. If you have any suitable patients please let Julie know.
Fatigue in Long Term Conditions Kings College, London
A questionnaire study - Factors Associated with Fatigue and Disability in Long term conditions; Recruiting both type 1 and type 2 patients with diabetes.
Liberates Leeds
Improving glucose control after heart attack in patients with type 2 diabetes. Involves using a glucose sensor device. Recruiting from RBFT cardiology department.

StartRight Devon and Exeter
Getting the right classification and treatment from diagnosis of diabetes. Looking for patients age over 30 years on insulin and diagnosed within 12 months. End date December 2019.
16 GP practices in Berkshire have already been involved in this study. If anyone sees any potential patients please can they let Julie know.
The best way to treat diabetic foot ulcers which are not healing quickly.  Running in Podiatry department - Royal Berkshire Hospital.
The contact is Julie Sutton, Lead Diabetes Research Nurse, The Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology,
Melrose House West, London Road, Reading, RG1 5BS     
Email: juliesutton@nhs.net
Tel: 0118 3228929  or Mobile: 07787 128569 
Diabetes Specialist Nurse Hotline: 07879 814922 (Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm) Consultant Hotline: 07717 867448. Email: virtualdiabetes@royalberkshire.nhs.uk
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