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CASE STUDY


CHAMPIONS OF HEALTH T


Guy Lubitsh and Amy Rylance explain a model aimed at improving diabetic care in the UK


he Diabetes UK clinical champions programme began with an ambition to make a


difference in diabetes healthcare delivery, despite facing a seemingly impossible situation and ‘perfect storm’ conditions. It is producing major improvements, has addressed highly complex challenges, and has led to the delivery of multiple tangible changes without adding any extra


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strain on the health system or a single penny to the budget. For other organisations facing


similarly complex challenges or no longer able to rely solely on themselves or their own resources to do everything, the programme offers an adaptable model – a way forward where others have failed. In this case study we share the principles behind this inventive programme.


The context and challenge


In the UK, the number of people living with diabetes has doubled in the past 10 years, standing today at 4.5 million. As a nation, we find ourselves


unprepared and under-resourced to meet the increasing associated needs. It is putting immense strain on health and social care services, costing the NHS £10bn annually and is exposing both the lack of patient


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