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Berkshire West Stakeholder Network

Diabetes Sans Frontières!

Future meetings

Meetings are usually held at The Boathouse Surgery, Pangbourne from 09.30-12.30pm. Dates of meetings for 2018 are as follows:

  • January 10th
  • February 28th
  • March 28th

What's the aim of Diabetes Sans Frontières! (DSF)
To ensure that clients with diabetes receive the right care from the right person, with the right training, in the right place. 

Who is involved in DSF?
The network has representation from patients, all providers, commissioners and commissioning support organisations. These include the departments of diabetes care, ambulatory care and paediatric diabetes at RBFT, the Public Health Team and Berkshire West CCG Medicines Optimisation team, BHFT and the Berkshire West CCG. The Network is chaired Dr Paul Westcar.

What does DSF do?
The Network will work to ensure that care for people with diabetes is designed and delivered in the interests of the patients and their carers to achieve the best out comes possible with the resources available. Watch this video for more information.

The objectives of the network are to:

  • Enable patients to receive the right care in the right place at the right time
  • Provide a forum where all service development will be presented and agreed
  • Ensure that providers give regular reports on performance to all key stakeholders, enabling service issues arising to be addressed
  • Create a platform for innovation and service improvement opportunities to be debated and agree upon
  • Encourage the promotion of integrated working and sponsorship
  • Be a fully representative decision making body for diabetes services
  • Ensure patient views are solicited and acted upon when considering service performance and developments
  • Improve communication to all stakeholders and in particular, to patients and between providers
  • Metrics will be developed over time but, at the highest level, the primary outcome measures will be the percentage of patients achieving an HbA1c greater than 7.5% or 59 mmol/mol and patient satisfaction, as recorded by annual survey.

The network is accountable to the Long Term Conditions Board.

How did DSF come about?
The Network was formed to get stakeholders around the same table to make shared decisions on diabetes care in Berkshire West in response to the focus on diabetes care by Berkshire West CCGs. Watch a video about DSF going forward here.

How do I find out more?
If you would like further information about DSF, or to find out how you can get involved, please contact Dr Paul Westcar (Primary Care Lead for Diabetes) at pdw@nhs.net