Reducing pressure on the NHS and empowering patients: Health Coaching and Type 2 Diabetes
Richard Benson, Director of Planned Care at Totally plc, describes how health coaching can reduce pressure on the NHS while supporting patients to reduce the risks associated with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D)
A recent report from the Daily Mail analysing data from NHS Digital over a 10-year period, has shown hospitals are overwhelmed and GP leaders are stating some T2D patients need up to 200 appointments a year to deal with their condition.
1.7 million people with T2D were admitted to hospital last year costing the NHS around £22 million a day and there has been a steady and alarming rise in the admission figures, year-on-year.
T2 Diabetes is strongly linked to weight and physical activity and, as such, is largely preventable. But it is not just as simple as telling patients to eat less and exercise more. Our Health Coaching programme offered to patients with long-term conditions enables them to be a major partner in managing their condition and this in turn helps the NHS to achieve valuable healthcare outcomes.
Health coaching helps patients to gain the knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to become active participants in their care so they can reach their self-identified health goals and reduce reliance on GPs, emergency health services such as A&E and unscheduled admissions. Our experienced clinical health coaches act in a non-directive manner motivating patients to change unhelpful thinking patterns and supporting them to achieve better health outcomes.
Results from our Health Coaching Programme in Leicester for two GP Surgeries showed:
Ensuring patients were better educated about their condition and had a greater insight into the access to specialist medical support was a key part of the work. Patient improvements from the project included 95% of patients showing an improvement in average blood glucose levels (HbA1C).
The clinical health coaches:
Our services result in the following significant patient and economic benefits for the NHS:
Link to diabetes case study: https://www.totallyhealth.com/clinical-health-coaching-for-long-term-condition-management-diabetes-story-1/
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