Work is set to get underway on a “game-changing” project which will see people with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) offered new digital learning and self-management support to help them manage their condition.

The project, called GM Diabetes MyWay (GMDMW), has been awarded almost £1m by NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care.

Our Partnership will now work with the project’s partners to rollout the programme, which aims to support the estimated 150,000 people in the city region who have type 2 diabetes.

A new online platform for Greater Manchester will allow people with type 2 diabetes to access education and learning materials, upload glucose monitoring data and view their own care record.  Other digital innovations will also be tested, which will offer:

  • Support for people with mental and emotional difficulties
  • Virtual video consultations with clinicians
  • On-line coaching to lead more active and healthy lives
  • Incentives to improve attendance at clinics

Jon Rouse, Chief Officer at the Partnership, said: “We are delighted with this announcement and proud such confidence has been shown in the Greater Manchester team and its partners to deliver this groundbreaking project. It has the potential to improve the lives of thousands of people.

“Devolution has given Greater Manchester an exciting opportunity to rethink how it delivers health and social care to its citizens and this will be a great project to develop in this new environment.”

The funding has come from NHS England’s Test Beds programme, which trials combinations of digital technologies with pathway redesign in a clinical setting with real patients. The programme is run in conjunction with Innovate UK.

Naresh Kanumilli, a Manchester GP who helped to design the project, said: “This has the potential to have a real impact in Greater Manchester. With a large and growing population living with type 2 diabetes, we need to harness the power of new digital technology to embrace changes in how we support people living with diabetes.”

There is currently little access to education other than in traditional classroom-based formats for people with diabetes, which can be difficult for many to access to improve the way they manage the condition. The project will provide much more flexible access for a wider range of people to a wider range of support.

It is expected the digital support will become available for people in Greater Manchester next year.

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