Health written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department plans to address the need for improvements in emotional and psychological support for diabetes patients identified in the National Service Framework's Five Years On report.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The Department, in collaboration with Diabetes UK, has established a joint working group to identify what needs to be done to enable the national health service and local care services to meet the psychological and emotional needs of all people with diabetes to support them to self-care. This will include examining the competencies required to deliver an appropriate service. The group is part of a wider workstream looking at ways that local services can develop support for people with diabetes to self-manage, including care planning, structured education and self-monitoring.

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