The three new services and how people with diabetes can access them are outlined below;
1. Digibete: Type 1 diabetes support for children and young people
The DigiBete App and DigiBete.org web platform include a wide range of awareness, education, training and support resources for children and young people under 18 with Type 1 Diabetes, their families, HCPs and the wider community. The clinically approved resources included as part of the platform have been developed in partnership with Leeds Children’s Hospital Paediatric Team.
Children and young people with Type 1 diabetes will be able to access the service through their local diabetes care teams. Local teams will be contacted shortly with details of how to refer patients on to the programme which will be done via the distribution of programme licences. The service will be available from next week.
2. MyType1Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes support for adults
MyType1Diabetes, provided by MyWay Digital Health, includes tailored advice and information created by NHS experts in diabetes. Adults with Type 1 diabetes can use this platform to access lots of information about diabetes, including videos, leaflets and eLearning courses, to learn and understand more about their Type 1 diabetes and increase their confidence in how to manage it.
Adults with Type 1 diabetes can access the service directly by visiting myType1diabetes.nhs.uk and creating a free account.
NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched MyType1Diabetes, a new free online platform to support adults to manage their Type 1 diabetes. The service is available at www.mytype1diabetes.nhs.uk.
MyType1Diabetes, provided by MyWay Digital Health, includes tailored advice and information created by NHS experts in diabetes.
Adults with Type 1 diabetes can use this platform to access lots of information about diabetes, including videos, leaflets and eLearning courses, to learn and understand more about their Type 1 diabetes and increase their confidence in how to manage it.
What does MyType1Diabetes contain?
Good quality information on Type 1 diabetes which is all clinically approved and reviewed by patients so is trustworthy.
Plus, four structured e-learning courses once you have registered.
- Understanding Type 1
- Growing up with Type 1
- Considering an insulin pump?
- My insulin pumpHow does the platform support my learning?
Before you start any of the courses you will be asked to answer a few questions and to set goals about your diabetes self-care and how important this is to you.
There are regular check point during the courses to help embed learning and there is a post-course questionnaire so you can reflect on the impact of the course for you. This is also helpful for us to continually evaluate and improve the content for future users.
How do I register for MyType1Diabetes?
You can view the public site without registering, but to sign up for an eLearning course, please go to this website www.mytype1diabetes.nhs.uk and click on the blue ‘Register’ button. You will then be asked to enter the following:
GP practice, first name, last name, date of birth, email address and NHS number.
Have a password in mind and follow the guidance on the black info button to make it s ecure.
You will also be asked for three forms of consent around data use. Whilst only one is mandatory to get on to the platform the other two enable us to support you even further – the choice is yours.
Do I need to pay anything?
The platform has been fully funded by the NHS, so is free for users in England to access.
Can my friends and family use this too?
The public information website is available for everyone to use and you, your family and friends can individually register to go through the eLearning course content. This can help you build up a support network across your contacts.
What happens to my data?
Firstly, your data is stored on a secure server so it is very safe. What happens next depends on which of the consent options you choose.
If you only consent to use the platform, we will share only a minimum data set which does not include your name or full address for national audit purposes only (unless there is a legal cause for us to share more).
If you consent for us to share information with your local GP practice, we will update them on your activity in the eLearning courses so they can also support your progress. If you choose to, we will keep you up to date with any developments and updates.
How can I give feedback?
You can email directly using email@example.com.
3. Healthy Living for people with Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes support for adults
Healthy Living is an online self-management support programme and accompanying structured education pathway for adults with Type 2 diabetes.
The platform provides users with the skills and knowledge to manage their Type 2 diabetes effectively, and offers information on treatments, advice on emotional and mental wellbeing, and helps users adopt and maintain healthy behaviours around diet and exercise.
From June 2020 NHSE&I will commence direct to consumer marketing of Healthy Living as part of the final development phase, and from September 2020 the plan to enable local systems to directly offer and refer into the service.
These services will ensure that there is a universal digital self-management offer for all people living with diabetes to compliment local services that you have available. Further resources will be made available to local teams in due course to help them refer into and/or promote all these services to their communities.
These services, alongside online appointments and a dedicated helpline for those treated with insulin are among a range of measures that we have already adopted so that diabetes care can go ahead as normal during this time.
The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is also being delivered remotely using platforms such as Microsoft Teams to continue to help those at risk of Type 2 diabetes to reduce their risk.