Support groups and forums

Support groups and forums


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 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.

We are currently looking to set a group up in Tendring – if you are interested please email info@diabetesneeds,org,uk

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.

Why not come along to a meeting and find out more!

Colchester Forum
The Colchester diabetes patient forum is a friendly group that meets on a Wednesday evening, every other month

The purpose of the forum is for people living with diabetes and their carers to meet and discuss the diabetes service and provide feedback to the Diabetes Services Board which steers how the service is run.

Attending our diabetes patient forum will give you the opportunity to learn more about diabetes and get involved in your diabetes care. We discuss a variety of topics such as:
• Diet
• Foot care
• Weight management
• Retinal eye screening
• Exercise
• Nutrition
• The NEEDS service

Location: Community Room – Bluebell Surgery, 1st Floor, Jack Andrews Drive, Highwoods, Colchester CO4 9YN
Visit our events calendar to see when we’re meeting.

Contact: Steve Turner (Chairman)

Tendring Support Group

The Tending group will be held on the 2nd Friday of each month at The Robert Burr Community Pub, Burrs Toad Clacton 3-4.30pm

Contact: David Robinson


Local support services

Below are some links that can help you find useful local Health Services.

One Colchester Community Hub or call 01206 505250

Therapy For you or call 01206 334001

Essex Wellbeing Service or call 0300 303 9988 (Monday – Friday 8am-7pm & Saturday 9an-12pm)

Heathwatch Essex

East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation (ESNEFT)

Essex Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

North East Essex Community Services

Suffolk & North East Essex Integrated Care System

Suffolk & North East Essex Integrated Care Board

For more support service click here

Exploring diabetes

Type 1 diabetes

We offer routine virtual clinic appointments either by consulting you over the telephone or via Microsoft Teams

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Type 2 diabetes

Our friendly forums are a great place to meet other diabetes patients, careers and healthcare professionals.

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Young people with diabetes

Our dedicated inpatient diabetes team is based at Colchester General Hospital.

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