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Talking therapies offered to people living with diabetes

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Up to 30 GP surgeries in the county will benefit from a pilot scheme which helps people suffering from diabetes to manage and improve their mental health.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) is offering talking therapies to selected patients who are identified as requiring support to control their diabetes.

People suffering from long-term conditions are three times more likely than the general population to experience mental health problems and psychological factors are a major reason why patients living with diabetes may not be able to control their condition.

Steve Skinner, Clinical Lead for talking therapies at LPFT, said:

The evidence shows that there is a significant amount of patients struggling with depression, anxiety, stress and needle phobia among people who have diabetes. This often affects how they control this physical health condition.

Sticking to a strict regime of taking medication, learning to self-manage an illness and accepting lifestyle changes that go with it can sometimes be challenging. That’s why patients who are identified by their GP as requiring extra support will be able to access talking therapies with therapists specially trained to work with people affected by long-term conditions. 

We will work with the patient to help improve their mental wellbeing and quality of life as well as boost their motivation which is needed to successfully self-manage the condition.”

 The initiation of the pilot coincides with Diabetes Prevention Week (16-22 April). The scheme has been commissioned by the Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Groups.