New Diabetes Library Launched

Medical online learning resource, The Sound Doctor, is to add over 60 new evidence-based films, augmenting their collection. The social enterprise concerned with effective patient education, has announced the launch of a new diabetes library.

This comes as NHS England launches their Diabetes Prevention Week campaign on 16 April 2018. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) with the public and healthcare professionals. The campaign will also raise awareness of the causes of Type 2 diabetes and the complications associated with it.

In adding over 60 new evidence-based, diabetes-focused films to its website-based collection, The Sound Doctor will offer more culturally diverse material, top tips from patients and consultants, and new animations as it makes a significant reinforcement to its unrivalled learning base.

The decision to expand the diabetes library comes as Diabetes UK recently published research showing that more people than ever are at risk of Type 2 diabetes. If nothing changes, it is believed that more than five million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2025.

The latest update to The Sound Doctor's diabetes library is the result of a periodical review which the website undertakes in order to ensure its material is as relevant as possible. The new diabetes library is stronger than ever before on diversity, offering a multicultural spread of films featuring interviews with patients from around the country. This is in addition to insight from leading diabetes specialists, with key interviews from Diabetes UK and the world-renowned Leicester Diabetes Centre included in the wide mix.

Among the UK Clinical Commissioning Groups who have already signed up to the new resource are Castle Point and Rochford, Basildon and Brentwood, North East Essex, Wolverhampton, and Barnsley.

Dr Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor at Public Health England, has expressed the view that: "The quality of the product is, in my experience, unmatched anywhere in the world."

Heralding the launch, James Kingsland, President of the NAPC, said: "The Sound Doctor is the optimum current IT support programme for enhancing patient empowerment and understanding of their long-term condition, and the introduction of this new diabetes library has further strengthened this status.”

Co-founder of The Sound Doctor, Rosie Runciman, agreed: “With the addition of these new resources, our objective is to become pivotal for the improvement of self-care for patients with diabetes as an integral part of care pathway redesign. By providing patients with detailed, accessible and easily comprehendible online information, the overall management of their illness becomes more effective and efficient."

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