Diabetes: Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 1st November 2019.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure local NHS Integrated Care Systems (ICS) and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP) include emotional and psychological support as a core part of diabetes care.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Integrated care systems and sustainability and transformation partnerships bring together local National Health Service organisations and councils across a given area so they can better understand and respond to local health and care needs. Their work includes improving local diabetes services and NHS England and NHS Improvement would expect local leaders to consider a full package of support to people who use these services, taking into account their mental as well as physical health needs.

In recognition of the interdependencies between diabetes and mental health, a project working group has been established between NHS England and Diabetes UK to specifically consider the distinct mental health needs of patients with diabetes at all stages in their care pathway.

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