CityCare’s Juggle Diabetes service has to date helped thousands of people throughout Nottingham and south Notts with an innovative programme which provides education and advice about type 2 diabetes.
The Juggle Diabetes service is delivered in a variety of venues including community centres, health centres and church halls throughout the city, Gedling, Broxtowe and Rushcliffe, as well as to inmates at Whatton prison.
Chis Leslie visited a session in Daybrook Health Centre to see how the CityCare staff are helping people with type 2 diabetes manage their condition effectively.
Juggle Diabetes programme coordinator at Nottingham CityCare Partnership Helen Ramwell said: “It is great news that Chris came to see the good work we are doing in the community for people with diabetes.
“The Juggle Diabetes programme is one of the most successful self-referral services on offer to people in Nottingham and Notts. Since the service launched in April 2010, it has helped 4,832 people with type 2 diabetes and the programme has been delivered 647 times.”
Juggle is made up of four sessions, which are an introduction to diabetes and what it means to have diabetes, a session on food and the importance of a balanced diet, a session on fats, food-labelling and alcohol and finally a look at the complications that diabetes can cause.
MP Chris Leslie said: “With the NHS under increasing financial pressure schemes like Juggle Diabetes are becoming more and more crucial to our health system. It’s fantastic to see so many people in our community have been helped to manage their conditions actively and effectively.”
Helen added: “Juggle educates and empowers people and helps them understand their condition and how to control it. The programme is delivered by a team of trained specialist diabetes educators who all have a clinical background.
“We’re able to deliver the programme to a wide range of people, having so far presented it in south Asian languages, in sign language and in a range of other languages via interpreters.
“The feedback we get is extremely uplifting and shows how successful the programme is in educating people in making the right food, exercise and lifestyle choices to best manage their condition.”
Helen added that the service contacts participants six months after completing the four week course. Returns received in one month alone showed 92 per cent of people said they were still making positive changes in their life as a result of the Juggle programme.
To find out more about Juggle, people can ask their GP, practice nurse or local pharmacist, visit the CityCare website at www.nottinghamcitycare.nhs.uk or call 0300 300 0045.