Social prescribing could hold the keys to get more attending diabetes courses
Sharon Alexander, the Chief Officer at the Community Voluntary Services Tendring, said the scheme – aimed at linking people with community groups – has been effective across the district in getting people connected with local services.
Sharon added feedback from local people who have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have told peer support groups that an online education would be useful.
While in areas of the system, there is above national average take-up of Desmond – a course that supports people living with Type 2 diabetes to increase levels of understanding around diabetes, make food choices and take control – there are other areas that are not so well attended.
Shane Gordon, the ICS’s Senior Responsible Officer for Diabetes, explained a possible reason for this: “Many people are at work when these courses are provided during the day and are educated to a level that doesn’t necessarily need to attend the course.”
He added: “Permanent lifestyle change is a real challenge and the diabetes piece needs to be connected to all of the other lifestyle benefits associated with the change.”