diabetes and mental illness: improving outcomes and services (diamonds)
Diabetes is more than twice as prevalent and has poorer outcomes in people with severe mental illness (SMI) than those without. Although there is good evidence that a range of behavioural interventions can be very effective in the general population, we do not know how effective these are in people with SMI. Dr Najma Siddiqi is working with colleagues as part of the NHS Yorkshire & Humber Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) on an exciting new research project to help people with both diabetes and SMI better manage their diabetes.
A key aspect of this work will be meaningful patient and public involvement (PPI) to help (i) identify barriers to accessing services (ii) identifying knowledge gaps and (iii) informing the development of appropriate interventions. There are two ways service users and carers can get involved:
- We want to understand what people’s direct experiences of living with diabetes and mental illness are like and are asking people to help us by completing this short survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/diabetesppi There is also a pdf version http://www.diabetesppi.nihr.ac.uk/about-the-project which you can print off from the webiste and hand to service users directly for returning to our FREEPOST address or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy to be sent out directly
- We would like to invite people with SMI and diabetes, as well as carers of people with these conditions, to an initial consultation event to be held on Thursday 4th September, 2014 11am – 1.00pm at The Cellar Trust, The Old School, Farfield Road, Shipley BD18 4QP. Tea and coffee will be available from 10.30am and lunch will be available after the meeting. Please ask service users and carers to contact me directly if they would like to attend this event or have any questions. The invitation can be found on the website http://www.diabetesppi.nihr.ac.uk/Invitation-for-Patients-and-Carers
Further information for both healthcare professionals and service users and carers can be found at our website www.diabetesppi.nihr.ac.uk We also have a range of professionally printed leaflets and posters for HCP and service users and carers which can be delivered free of charge, again please contact me directly to arrange delivery.
Research Governance Facilitator & PPI in Research Project Lead