The Super Six model of diabetes care in South East Hampshire and Portsmouth based itself on defining clearly with local GPs, Commissioners and specialists as to which services needed to exist within the confines of an acute Trust, due to its MDT setting or higher expertise involved.
The 6 services were:
This involved any other patients with diabetes being managed in the community by a combination of virtual means (emails/phones) and GP surgery visits.
The GP surgery visits were used primarily for education with options given to GPs and practice nurses such as:
So far, this model of care, based on the crux of redefining specialist's roles has met with approval from primary care and patients and is also starting to show improvement in outcome measures, along with recognition in the form of awards such as:
This model of care has also involved 3 different providers in the local health economy (Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Solent NHS Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust) working together in an integrated care model.