There are a variety of ways you can have your say and make a difference to how the North East Essex Diabetes Service (NEEDS) service is run for the benefit of patients. As well as regular patient surveys there will be local focus groups for patients to take part in.
The Colchester and Tendring Diabetes Patient Forums are very important to the service as a way of consulting with patients. They are being supported to further develop their role and their programmes of meetings, talks and activities.
The Forums have representatives on the Diabetes Services Board which oversees the performance and development of services.
NEEDS is also putting in place a network of people interested in leading new local support groups in other areas such as Harwich, Jaywick and Walton. The idea is for the groups to get together on an informal basis, supported by perhaps a Diabetes Specialist Nurse or Podiatrist or Dietician, as necessary, or just to spend time together as a group of patients to share experiences and support each other.