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Diabetes Hub Expected to Improve Care in Portsmouth

Published: 7th November 2012 11:55

A Portsmouth doctor has pioneered a new national innovations hub dedicated to diabetes which will encourage NHS professionals to share information and improve care.

Dr Partha Kar, from Queen Alexandra (QA) Hospital, led the project, which was successfully launched earlier this year ahead of World Diabetes Day on 14 November.

The hub will catalogue the latest thinking and developments in the field of diabetes care.

A consultant at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Innovation Lead with national improvement body NHS Diabetes, Dr Kar said: "Diabetes is an incredibly important health issue - the hub creates an ideal environment for professionals to actively influence the progress of diabetes treatment and care.

"At a time when we are all trying to achieve more for less, it is crucial that innovation is shared and spread across the NHS.

"The hub will serve as a great tool and will see professionals collaborating on innovations, ideas, research and treatment to improve knowledge and understanding of diabetes."

Useful information on the hub will include short summaries detailing diabetes innovations from across the NHS, with examples covering the wide spectrum of diabetes care from provider to quality improvement and commissioning.

As well as having access to a bank of diabetes innovations, professionals will be able to upload their own innovations through a very simple online form.

Also targeting primary and community care professionals, the hub will help to increase skill and knowledge in these areas, allowing for a more multidisciplinary approach.

Dr Kar, added: "It will no longer matter where you are based as a practitioner, you will have access to the same information and know of developments earlier, ensuring best practice on behalf of patients."

To register an innovation on the new diabetes innovations hub please visit www.diabetes.nhs.uk/innovations_hub/

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