HeLP Diabetes: online self-management support programme

Gloucestershire is the only area in the South West to have been selected to introduce a new online self-management programme, Healthy Living Plan for Diabetes (HeLP Diabetes), as part of an early roll-out project.

The evidence-based resource offers structured education, information and advice about type 2 diabetes, treatments, emotional support and diet and exercise and is suitable for people who can’t attend a face-to-face session. It will be available nationally in around 18 months’ time.

Dr Rob Estelrich, Diabetes Champion at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“Education is the cornerstone of all diabetes care, and with this resource, we can help people to better understand their condition and how it impacts on their lives.

We hope people will become confident about using the internet and feel empowered about taking control of their condition. When they do see their healthcare professional, which could be their GP, consultant, practice nurse or someone from the Integrated Community Team, they can then discuss what they have recorded and monitored themselves, including their blood pressure, blood results and their lifestyle. This makes the appointment much more interactive, with patients taking control themselves.

Diabetes is a day-to-day condition that people live with, and although they can’t have a medical professional by their side every day, with this resource, they can have useful information and expert advice at their fingertips.”