Thatcham Medical Practice has announced that it’s pioneering a new programme in diabetes care in the UK. Having run successful group consultations in other chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, the Thatcham Medical Practice has set its sights on a diabetes service.
Project director Dr Elizabeth Mottram explains, “The research has shown a significantly improved health outcome for diabetics who have attended group programs. They have shown an increased chance of remission with patient’s having more time (up two hours per session) in a group setting to talk through common challenges and questions surrounding their diabetes.”
Looking at the wider implications of the group consultation, she continues, “Patients feel less alone with their disease in the group, this is a powerful contributor to the mental effects of having diabetes or any chronic illness. Patients can share experiences and gain support from others with the condition.”
There are 3.8 million people with diabetes in the UK. 3.2 million have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and around 630,000 more have Type 2 diabetes but don’t know it yet.
The launch event for the new service is taking place Thursday 18 July at 6.30pm at the Thatcham Medical Practice.
Dr Mottram will launch the programme with a talk about the service being offered, a chance for patients to have their say about how they want the service to run and hear from patients who have put their diabetes into remission through the group consultation process.