Clinical validation of our health statements here
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1. Our Aim
First, a big “thank you” to many Londoners, whom we joined in 12 workshops, to understand their needs as patients and as home carers. Together we co-designed this new website to assist your better health and help you to self-manage how you prevent diabetes and prevent heart and blood vessels diseases. Please tell us your needs and ideas as we go on continuously developing it. You can use the ‘Reply‘ box at foot of every web page, or the ‘contact us‘ page.
Why this new health website? The good news is that, latest Public Health England (PHE) statistics say we are all living longer. The bad news is that we’re spending much of the extra time suffering from poor health – around 16 years of ill-health for men and 19 years for women. You can improve this for you and your family by taking the simple health steps here.
Diabetes-cutmyrisks.co.uk Ltd is a non-profit social enterprise. It aims to be a Trusted Source of Information for you, and for your home carer(s) who do so much to help your health. We focus on you, and those you love, to help you prevent diabetes, to prevent long-term heart diseases and prevent strokes; so you can enjoy good health for longer. These three are still a leading cause of death in the UK, more than in Spain, France or Italy [source: PHE]. Check your own, and your family’s, risks of diabetes, risks of heart diseases, and risks of strokes here.
We link the public, nurses, patients and home carers to trusted, up-to-date info about preventing diabetes, heart diseases and strokes. Many of our links are to the UK NHS, 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 [evidence nos. 9, 14]. We are working with multidisciplinary teams on several digital health innovations:
- We worked in a consortium for the London Mayor and the GLA on the Tech Londoners Programme – Health: people solving city health challenges. We have run, or joined, twelve 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 is a diabetes patient advocate who joins in workshops of the NHS London Regional Diabetes Network that is helping to develop NHS diabetes service transformation projects across London.
- Nigel is a member of the PPI team at the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre – Diabetes & Metabolism Theme.
- Nigel assists a multidisciplinary London NHS CCG that has co-designed and is introducing new and improved diabetes services.
- We are registered members of OnMedica, an online medical publication 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, Primary Care Diabetes Society, World Health Org., etc., who are all quoted in our Evidence page.
3. Clinical validation of our statements here
Validated clinical trials, from trusted sources, are essential to back the health recommendations made in this website. That is why most health points made here end with a link to our medical evidence page and the reference number(s) to the relevant, recent research that supports them. In many cases, links are given to health recommendations made by trusted bodies such as the NHS and NHS NICE, which are based on careful professional team reviews by them of relevant health research.
4. Our team of 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 the London Regional Diabetes Network, a London NHS CCG, and UK diabetes research teams as a member of the PPI team at the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre – Diabetes & Metabolism Theme. 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, The Royal Society of Medicine, and a founding member of a 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 setting up 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.
ERIC CLARK was an investigative journalist and author. As an outside expert, he sat on a number of medical committees in the UK and Europe. His special interest in diabetes began when his granddaughter was diagnosed with Type 1 a day before her fifth birthday. Since then he witnessed both kindness and seeming indifference to the condition from organisations meant to help. He himself had steroid-inducted Type 2. Eric, thank you, rest in peace now.
Dr Arun Ghosh M Phil 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, thank you, rest in peace now.
page updated 17 Jan. 2019. © 2019 social enterprise Diabetes-cutmyrisks.co.uk.™ Ltd.