1) Our Aim,
2) current work,
3) clinical validation,
4) our people. [Time to read: 6 mins]
First, a big “thank you” to many Londoners, whom we joined in 11 workshops, to understand their needs as patients and as home carers. Together we designed this new website to assist your health self-management. Please give us more ideas as we go on developing it, using ‘Reply’ box at foot of every page.
Diabetes-cutmyrisks.co.uk Ltd is a non-profit social enterprise. It aims to be a Trusted Source of Information for you as a person, and for your home carers who do so much to help your health. We focus on two services:
- Prevent you getting diabetes or the linked long-term heart diseases and stroke conditions. Half of us die from these. If needed, check your own risks of getting them here.
- If you already have one or more of these long-term conditions, help you and your home carer to self-manage them better and enjoy good health for longer.
We link the public, nurses, patients and home carers to trusted, up-to-date info about diabetes, heart and stroke conditions. Many links are to NHS Choices, or NHS National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). We connect you to the right page you want, out of hundreds, 24/7, to give you the info you need to make better health decisions, in discussion with your doctors.
2. Current work
We work to improve your long-term health, and on NHS costs where there is a potential £12 billion per year to be saved [9, 14]. We are working with multidisciplinary teams on several digital health innovations:
- We worked in a consortium with the London Mayor and the GLA on the Tech Londoners Programme – Health: people solving city health challenges. We have run, or joined, eleven Londoners’ health workshops. With clear agreement from patients, nurses and home carers on their needs, we have co-designed this website to assist them in their health self-management.
- Our Director Nigel joins in workshops of the NHS London Regional Diabetes Network that is developing 13 NHS diabetes service transformation projects across London.
- Nigel assists a multidisciplinary SW London NHS Diabetes Clinical Reference Group & its CCG that has co-designed and is introducing new and improved diabetes services.
- We are registered members of OnMedica.com, an online medical publication for health professionals where research and good practice news is peer-reviewed. Also of OpenClinical, a world-wide community of users, researchers and suppliers, that disseminates tools for building digital healthcare apps.
- We use lessons learnt from good practice in healthcare in Britain and abroad, from e.g. the UK Care Quality Commission (CQC), Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation, Public Health England, World Health Org., etc.
3. Clinical validation of this website’s recommendations
Validated clinical trials, from trusted sources, are essential to back the health recommendations made in this website. That is why most such points made here end with a reference number to the relevant, recent research that supports them. In other cases, links are given to health recommendations made by trusted bodies such as NHS Choices and NICE, which are based on careful reviews by them of relevant health research.
4. Our people
Nigel Crawford MA CITP CMC is the founding Director of non-profit social enterprise Diabetes-cutmyrisks.co.uk Ltd. He is a Chartered IT Professional who, as a patient advocate, assists UK diabetes research teams in London (KHP member) and Oxford. He is the lead author of this website.
Nigel has had diabetes for 40 years and so uses many NHS services, and has learnt many lessons on how to improve health self-management. He is a member of Diabetes UK Campaigners Network, a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, and a founding member of a SW London Diabetes Patients Group.
David Grant BSc(Hons) MA DipSocAdmin CQSW MCMI FIC CMC is Founding Director of ProTem Consultancy Ltd, and an Associate of social enterprise Diabetes-cutmyrisks.co.uk Ltd. He is a qualified social worker, has been a senior manager in Local Authority Social Services and is an experienced management consultant. He specialises in developing multi-agency services between the NHS and Local Authorities. David was the Programme Director for the largest Health and Wellbeing Centre in East London. This was a complex collaboration across several NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities and academic institutions, delivering integrated services on a single site.
Dr Arun Ghosh MPhil CBiol FRSM was a specialist in public health medicine and epidemiology. He had Type 2 diabetes and was of South Asian background. He was on the Planning & Development Committee of Edgware Community Hospital in London. He was a Life Fellow of the UK’s Royal Society of Medicine. Arun was of enormous help to our partnership in designing this website. He also explored the needs of people with diabetes and the use of this digital tool in Kolkata, India. Arun, rest in peace.
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