Diabetes and WELLbeing
Priority AxisTechnological and Social Innovation
The Health and Europe Centre
Project budget3 169 850 €
ERDF amount1 901 910 €
Diabetes is a long term non communicable disease of huge societal & economic concern not just a clinical issue. Type 2 diabetes (90% of those with the disease) is acquired in later life & can be successfully controlled through healthy lifestyle choices. In 2012, approx 32m people in the EU had diabetes. On average 10% of state healthcare expenditure is on treating it & related complications. Research shows that intensive self-management is required with currently no standard approach. Initiatives to increase effective, low cost self-management are essential to the sustainability of treatment.
DWELL is an empowerment programme enabling patients with type 2 diabetes to access tailored support giving them mechanisms to control their condition & improve their wellbeing. Ultimately they will successfully self-manage their diabetes. This empowerment will increase adherence to treatment &improve health & wellbeing measures, giving economic benefits to health services. All activities will be co-created by users. The principles of co-creation & co-design will be used & the quadruple helix approached will be applied. Patients will be healthier for longer, reducing costs to state healthcare.
Patient support programme that will empower type 2 diabetes sufferers to self manage their condition. Training programme for staff to ensure they are able to deliver the patient support programme effectively. A review of existing free online diabetes support tools & creation of a new platform/app. A patient led support network & community directory to provide patient benefit after the project ends. Evaluation reports to show clear economic, service & patient benefits.
Cross border approach
Prevalence of diabetes is increasing in all ages across the 2 Seas region (11% of deaths in 20-79 year olds). Health services will be overwhelmed by diabetes and its complications if whole society strategies are not put in place. According to the International Diabetes Federation, countries need a stronger strategic approach; Belgium and France have no national diabetes plan. There is inconsistent diabetes self-management education with different approaches taken across the 2 Seas region and shared learning does not take place. DWELL will ensure this becomes standard practice in the future.
Medway Community Healthcare CIC
Kent County Council
Canterbury Christ Church University
Centre Hospitalier de Douai
NHS West Kent
Stichting Care Innovation Center WestBrabant
Diabetes Liga vzw