Unscheduled Care in Diabetes - Inverness Meeting
Updated: Nov 12, 2019
Dr. Brendan McCann
In June Voscuris were hosted in beautiful, slightly rainy, Inverness, Scotland, by our partners at NHS highland and the university of the Highlands & Islands (UHI). This partnership is through the Centre for Personalised Medicine, established in 2017 and funded through the EU Interreg VA industry programme. The centre brings together 14 partners from academia, health services and industry located across Northern Ireland, Rep. of Ireland and Scotland.
The meetings, at the Centre for Health Science, involved participants working within the unscheduled Care in Diabetes work plan, and was the first in-person gathering in Inverness for several members of the Diabetes project team. It was fantastic to have everyone in the same room, as this facilitated a level of discussion, connection and progress that is difficult to achieve over video conferencing facilities.
The diabetes team are working to facilitate and enhance management and decision support for people with diabetes, their families and healthcare staff, in order to improve care provided within community settings. This work includes looking at the causes of unscheduled admissions to hospital, with a view to designing and testing appropriate interventions. The overall aim is to reduce the number of people with diabetes admitted to hospital for unscheduled care by 10%. A second stream of research investigates how diabetes can lead to linger stays in hospital for patients once they are admitted.
The regions used for studies by the team cover the north west of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands, which contain largely rural communities. The dispersed populations present similar yet significant challenges for effective and affordable healthcare provision. At Voscuris we know that this is an area where technology, and particularly mobile technology, has an important role to play, but that solutions must be assigned with the realities faced by patients and care providers such as ambulance services. We're delighted to be working with such a strong team who share our values of patient focus and empowerment.
A busy few days covered the successes of the project to date, addressing challenges, updates on current work, and publication planning. As a break from work our hosts brought us to a nearby Culloden, the site of a decisive battle where in 1746 the government forces, led by the Duke of Cumberland, brought an end to the Jacobite rising. Our appreciation goes out to our colleagues at UHI and NHS Highland in Scotland for the great work, food & drink and the company!
Dr. Brendan McCann