Diabetes My Way has launched!
People across Greater Manchester with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) can now register for 'Diabetes My Way, a new free website and app to help them self-manage their condition from home.
The 150,000 people who live with the condition will be able to access their own diabetes health record, along with a range of supporting services and materials. Some people will also be offered further resources such as 1-1 specialist dietician support, personal lifestyle coaching, an app to improve mental and cognitive fitness, as well as the ability to upload their glucose monitoring results to share them with clinicians.
Doctors are confident the new digital platform has the potential to be a real game-changer, helping patients easily make big improvements to their lives.
The Diabetes My Way website and app will be launched in July to coincide with Diabetes Prevention Week.
The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSC Partnership), the body made up of NHS organisations, councils and others with responsibility for the city region’s devolved £6 billion health and care budget, was awarded £1m by NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care to develop the website and apps.
Dr Naresh Kanumilli, a Manchester GP, said: “This Greater Manchester service offers a unique opportunity for people to feel more confident about managing their diabetes by accessing the online information created by NHS experts in diabetes.”
There is currently little access to education other than in traditional classroom-based formats for people with diabetes, which can be difficult for many to access. With Diabetes My Way people can use the site at a time that is convenient for them.
People known to have T2DM living in Greater Manchester should receive a letter, email or text message from their GP shortly to invite them to register on Diabetesmyway.nhs.net. People can also register on the site directly.
Tommy Brown, from Moston, Manchester, discovered he had T2DM 10 years ago after routine tests at his GP clinic.
The 60-year-old father-of-four, who manages his condition by running and eating healthily, said: “At that time, there was very little information around and I was left to my own devices to find out more.
“I think it’s really good people will be able to watch videos and get all the help they need from their home, rather than having to take the time to see someone face-to-face.”
Jon Rouse, Chief Officer at the GMHSC Partnership, said: “This is a really innovative project, which both shows how we are doing things differently under devolution, as well as supporting the NHS’s Long-Term Plan to increase the use of digital help in primary care.”
The funding has come from NHS England’s Test Beds programme, which trials combinations of digital technologies with pathway redesign in a clinical setting with real patients. The programme is run in conjunction with Innovate UK.