Psychologist's diabetes project shortlisted for innovation award
21 September 2017

Congratulations to Dr Annette Newton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, whose project was a finalist in the Health Enterprise East Innovations Awards in the Diabetes Category. She worked with the Addenbrooke's Diabetes Service on an innovative pilot scheme to develop the pathway and service model so that psychological well-being is integrated within the diabetes service.

Dr Annette Newton said: "Improving the psychological health of people with diabetes is known to have a significant impact on self-care, improving physical health outcomes and reducing costs.  The joint project with Addenbrooke's focussed on promoting psychological wellbeing in people with diabetes by incorporating a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner into the diabetes service"

The Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) supported clinic staff in screening for common mental health problems, signposting and providing brief interventions. The PWP was able to escalate more complex problems to a psychologist or psychiatrist within Psychological Medicine thereby creating a stepped care pathway.

Dr Newton added: "Significant improvements were achieved across a range of physical and psychological outcomes, including patient and staff satisfaction and the service will now be substantively supported."

The project was a collaborative project between the Psychological Medicine Service (Liaison Psychiatry) based at CUH and the CUH Diabetes Service, and the project was supported by the Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust.

The HEE Awards Dinner was held on Wednesday 20 September in the evening at Sturmer Hall, Church Walk, Sturmer, Essex CB9 7XD. 

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