Diabetes foot care team nominated for health care award

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​Date: 09/09/2015

A specialist diabetes foot care team in the Wakefield district has been selected as finalists for a health care award for assessing and treating foot complications caused by the diabetes .

The Diabetes Foot Service which is a joint venture between NHS Wakefield CCG, Wakefield Council and The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is through to the finals of the Diabetes Quality In Care Awards, which recognises innovation and excellence.

Wakefield's team of diabetes podiatrists (specialists in footcare), a vascular nurse specialist and consultant diabetologist work closely to assess patients at risk of developing foot problems, so if treatment is needed it starts at an early stage.

Diabetes can reduce the blood supply to your feet and cause a loss of feeling. This can mean foot injuries do not heal well, and people may not notice if their foot is sore or injured.

Identifying complications at an early stage reduces the risk of developing foot problems, which if left untreated could lead to amputation.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at Wakefield Council, said: "Congratulations to the team for being shortlisted for a national award. This is a fantastic achievement, and I'm proud that the team are providing such a strong and innovative service to support people with diabetes."

David Melia, Director of Patient and Staff Experience at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: "We are delighted that the excellent care and support this team provide to local people living with diabetes has been recognised in this way."

Dr Avijit Biswas, local GP and Long Term Conditions Lead for NHS Wakefield CCG said:" This is a great team, helping to improve quality of life and health for people with diabetes. Good luck to them for the finals!"

The team has been nominated in the category of the best initiative in specialised services and the winner will be announced at a ceremony on October 15.