Rustam Rea: integrating diabetes care in Derbyshire
Dr Rustam Rea, Associate Clinical Director and Consultant in Diabetes, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, talks about First Diabetes – an integrated diabetes service, delivering care in one place, closer to patients’ homes.
The health care professionals in the team are drawn from both the hospital and the community and include consultants, GPs, specialist nurses, health care assistants and dieticians. The team are able to communicate easily among themselves through a shared electronic patient record and work closely with the practices who are part of the First Diabetes service. As well as providing individual appointments for patients, team members also provide group education along the whole patient pathway, from prevention of diabetes to complex insulin regimes. They also go out to practices to see patients and provide professional training and advice.