In England, just 5.9% of people diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes attended structured education on managing their condition in 2014/15. Research has shown that the reasons vary from a lack of awareness and poor referrals, poor logistics (some of the courses take a few hours and this is hard to fit in with other commitments) and a general aversion to attending a group session. For some, the prospect of a face to face group session discussing private issues can be highly off-putting.
Our Diabetes Virtual School (DVS) is an online, personalised learning school for people diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. It is an interactive, structured, online education programme with resources for patients to self-educate and manage their condition.
Diabetes is one of the fastest growing health threats. The prevalence of Diabetes globally has been increasing. In the UK, there are currently around 3.8million people living with Diabetes (9% of the adult population), and by 2035 this is expected to increase to 6.25million.
Poorly managed Diabetes can lead to serious health complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations leading to disability and premature mortality.
Diabetes affects every part of the body. Every week Diabetes leads to:
Everyday around 700 people are diagnosed with Diabetes. That’s one person every two minutes. This costs the NHS £1million an hour. That’s 10% of the entire NHS budget.
The case for investing in Diabetes prevention and management is strong. The financial burden alone is huge. Around £10billion a year is spent by the NHS on treating Diabetes. The costs are expected to rise to £39.8million by 2035. It is a chronic and complex illness that requires continuing clinical care and intensive self care.
People with Diabetes occupy 17% of hospital beds and over £200 million is spent managing unplanned admissions for Diabetes with an average cost per patient of £4,477.
The school can be viewed on multiple devices including mobile phones, tablets or desktop/laptop (fully responsive and adaptive).
Content is delivered in a fun, interactive format and includes case studies, animations, videos, and interactive exercises.
Additional optional modules are also proposed for late 2018, covering special conditions such as pregnancy, and we will also include a module on Type 1 Diabetes in 2019.
The school will be quality assured and reviewed regularly by trained, competent, independent assessors.
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