The transformation of services for Diabetes patients was centre stage at the latest meeting of the Surrey Heartlands Stakeholder Reference Group where Dr Roselle Herring, clinical lead for the Diabetes Programme and a consultant physician at Royal Surrey County Hospital explained why and how the Programme aims to tackle the impact of rising patient numbers.

The work will be supported by three separate diabetes funding wins totalling £1.8m. Surrey Heartlands was the only health and care partnership in England to be successful in all three diabetes funding bids.

The new funding is to be invested in three areas:

  • Improving attendance at Patient Diabetes Structured Education (SE)
  • Increasing the number of people with diabetes achieving the 3 treatment targets
  • Recruiting inpatient Diabetes Specialist Nurses

The expectation is that the £1.8m investment will result in accumulated savings worth £8.3m by March 2021.

Dr Herring pulled no punches as she described the impact and consequences of diabetes. She also revealed that the recorded uptake of Patient Diabetes Structured Education courses nationally is ‘woefully low’ with only 2% of people newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and just 6% of those newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes attending the courses.

There were plenty of ideas on improving the service and its offer from the stakeholder audience.


Dr Herring revealed that the planned proposals to improve the service include a One Service Specification across Surrey Heartlands. The Partnership is already committed to the removal of healthcare variations.