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All about ‘Working together…’

Diabetes Complete Care Ltd is delighted to have been invited to work in collaboration with Connect Health Solutions UK.
Maureen Chadwick, Founder and Commercial Director, is passionate about providing patient-centred training to healthcare professionals and the extended care team living with diabetes.
She believes that the collaboration with Connect Health Solutions UK (CHS) and their new innovative blood glucose monitor will have a major impact on the ease of monitoring for those living with diabetes, supporting the improvement for those self-managing their diabetes, including the extended care team.
Maureen believes that working together, this collaboration could see a major step forward in diabetes care.
If you would like to know more either contact us here at Diabetes Complete Care or go straight to http://www.connecthealthsolutionsuk.com to find out more.
© 7 October 2017 MC

Press Release

Diabetes Complete Care Ltd is delighted to have been invited to collaborate with Connect Health Solutions in its on-going operation to establish the glucose monitor throughout the UK’s medical community.
 Connect Health Solutions UK has successfully introduced to the NHS, a new, innovative GSM based blood glucose monitoring device, which automatically transmits, via the global system for mobile, real-time blood glucose readings to the patient’s care provider.
 The use of the monitor will significantly improve the collection of an individual’s blood glucose data and their self-management of the condition. The monitor will have a beneficial effect on the speed of response for diabetic children and for older patients, where a specialist is not immediately available to visit.  It will be of particular help in cases of gestational diabetes, reducing to a minimum the frequent visits usually required of mother to the surgery or hospital, with the comfort a specialist diabetic nurse is viewing the result in real-time.
Diabetes Complete Care Ltd currently provides patient-centered training to people living with diabetes, and renders practical educational diabetes programs, to nurses, doctors, and carers’. Some of these courses offer RCN and RCGP accreditation. 
 DCC’s Commercial Director, Maureen Chadwick, believes that this collaboration will result in the two companies being able to offer a more efficient and healthier lifestyle for patients and their professionals and carers’.   Maureen is passionate about the care and welfare of the elderly living in remote areas, who suffer from diabetes and who don’t have easy access to their surgery.  She believes that this monitor will provide peace of mind to them and to others suffering from the condition, knowing that their glucose readings are being immediately fed to their carers’, for advice when necessary.  The process can reduce diabetes-related appointments, taking pressure off the surgery, nurses and doctors alike.
 Maureen believes that this collaboration could see a significant step forward in NHS diabetes care.
If you are interested and want to know more, why not take a look at our websites www.diabetescompletecareuk.com or www.connecthealthsolutionsuk.com
© 2 October 2017 MC

Breakfast Show Feedback

For those who listened in a BIG Thank you!
On 1st and 8th February, I hosted two separate Breakfast Shows for Brian Ashman, the genius behind Leyland Festival Radio. I am extremely grateful to the 4/5 guests who took the time out to come and talk to me live on air. One of whom only popped in to give apologies for another. Last night I received an email, with feedback, from Brian, that I would like to share:

 

Hello Brian,
……. I would comment that I found the experience of being interviewed flowed very well. I was made to feel very welcome and put at ease by yourself and Maureen. Although I was a little nervous, the interview itself felt very natural as Maureen talked to me as if she’d known me a lot longer than she had. Overall it was a very pleasant experience.
Thank you again.
Paul

 

Paul Blundell is hosting an ‘Action for Happiness – Exploring what Matters‘ an 8-week course in Leyland Lancashire starting on Monday 29th February 2016.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Published LinkedIn 16/02/2016
© 16 February 2016 MC

My LinkedIn engagement

I have to admit on leaving the NHS, learning to promote myself via social media has been the biggest learning curve.

Facebook reasonably easy, I had used it as a way of catching up with friends, family and basic interests. I had set up a business page on Facebook before so I have done so again – company page Diabetes Complete Care UK.

 Twitter, (@DiabetesCCUK) I had an account but because I had a deficit in understanding how it worked or how it could help promote myself and my company I attended a specific workshop. Led by Naomi Timperley and Andy Jackson – I have never looked back.

 My biggest fear has always been LinkedIn, and to be honest, on attending social media events, everyone says the same.

 At one such event in Manchester, I met Andy Preston and heard him speak, standing in front of us and so full of confidence and eloquently bestowing LinkedIn’s merits. He made it all sound so simple.

 As always, it has taken until today and a conversation with Ashley Hurst, PA to The Purple Angel website. For me to realise that LinkedIn has been a gift to me. I have virtually met and had conversations with some amazing people, courageously connected and contacted persons who are some of this country’s renowned leaders.

Found opportunities for my company, most importantly been able to promote and share others amazing works.

Today I have finally written a post, which I have been encouraged to do for the last 2 years.

 So you see if I can be brave enough so can you. It doesn’t matter if no one reads or comments it. It is the fact that you faced your fear and came out the other side.

 First published 14 May 2015 LinkedIn

© 9 February 2016 MC

Sensationalizing Diabetes!

As I do most mornings before getting up I trawl through newspaper headlines to see what’s out there regarding health and diabetes.

 My first love, my passion, educating sharing information about new health issues that can either help or make someone’s life, just slightly more bearable.

 This morning like any other I did the same, to my dismay most of the postings I found portrayed diabetes in a negative light, sensational headlines mostly about the complications of diabetes.

The things that go wrong, amputations, blindness, kidney failure I know the public need to know and I know sometimes as health professionals, it becomes frustrating when educating someone ‘living with diabetes’, who just can’t seem to hear what you are saying.

I know when in the past I held education sessions with newly diagnosed Type 1’s (mostly parents) and Type 2’s. I have asked what they know about diabetes – it’s always the negative information.

 People do actually live a long healthy life with diabetes! Shock horror – write about them.

 Moving forward and enabling someone, motivating them into taking charge of their ‘long-term condition’. Listening, learning from them a positive attitude, compassion and empathy help.

 Firstly, find common ground. What inspires them? What would they like to be able to do with their diabetes? Even if it’s completely unrealistic because the ownership and the person living with diabetes are them, not you.

 Even though we have research that says ‘if you do x’ ‘then y will happen’ it isn’t always the case.

 Empowering someone to self-manage and self-care will not happen by sensationalizing diabetes, by writing stories in newspapers about someone living with diabetes and fighting the condition, who has gone blind, had amputations etc…..

 The real story is behind the story what was their journey? how did they get there? what didn’t they do? did they monitor their blood sugars? eat a healthy diet? was their overall control within healthy parameters most of the time?

 That is where the lessons are to be learned because they will know, even though they haven’t verbalized it if they had taken control of their diabetes it may not have ended in this way. That is a lot of pressure and expectation from someone – they are human.

 I feel as if I have ended negatively but I know and the diabetes population knows their successes, those that live full and healthy lives…..and there are perfectly healthy babies born every day to mothers living with diabetes.

 First published LinkedIn 4 August 2015

© 9 February 2016 MC

Bad press!

Perusing the papers this week, there seems to have been an unprecedented amount bad press around Diabetes.

 Firstly, Diabetes on its own is going to bring down and bankrupt the NHS!

 Diabetes is not the only long-term condition that people manage with polypharmacy (lots of medication). At a Diabetes UK meeting, I spoke at on Wednesday evening there were people there extremely upset by these newspaper headlines. Some rightly expressed, how having to be an activist within Diabetes UK knew these facts some ten years ago. Another lady expressed her concerns over feeling guilty as if it was her fault. That is definitely not good!

 Great news today you would think, drug companies merge for new drugs to the market. Pharma companies promoting the fact that their new drug MAY reduces the onset of cardiovascular diseases (heart attacks and strokes).

 These new medications will cost a fortune and there is still no real back- up evidence regarding the effect, these medications have on your kidneys when excreting sugar into your urine.

 Then today an article about Halle Berry – The big news was she is 49 years old and flaunting herself in a see-through blouse. Fair play to her, if I looked like her I would most probably do the same. Nah I don’t think so!

 As a sideline they add the fact she has diabetes, they get her diagnosis wrong, she has Type 1 diabetes, not Type 2. There is a difference but with regards to complications, there isn’t, they mention her ‘weak eyesight’. Query do they mean Retinopathy?

Retinopathy is a serious complication, talk about it, understand it’s meaning, be empathetic. This lady is an amazing advocate of how to lead as normal a life as possible, to not only break barriers in becoming a Hollywood A-lister but to do it whilst managing Type 1 diabetes.

So when writing articles about people and including what is perceived as a ‘diabetes headliner’. Remember there are people out there living their real lives, coping with real life issues and trying to control a totally unpredictable condition 24 hours 7 days a week 365/6 days a year.

 We all realise there is no real way is to stop this ‘time-bomb’ but ‘we’ as a whole can help and take responsibility. Not just supermarkets, advertisers, marketing, the NHS, or the obese…… we are all responsible for aiding someone we know struggling with their Long Term Condition.

First published LinkedIn, 21 August 2015

© 9 February 2016 MC

Those little and BIG ideas…

I don’t know about you but when I started this adventure of self-employment I had a very different scenario in my mind’s eye.

 It has without doubt been an absolute privilege and delight, including the dark days of thinking I am getting nowhere fast. I love it, I enjoy meeting new people, people who have been successful in seeing their dreams come alive.

 Astonishingly, they are so humble almost as if they are in a complete state of shock and the whole journey is surreal. If I am honest that is for the most part how I feel, like it is happening to someone else and I am the bystander.

 This week after nearly 2 years of high and lows days, was the first time I really seriously thought what am I doing this for. I am not a young perky enthusiastic thirty-year-old, with years ahead to make mistakes and still get to where I am want to be.

 I am a bizarre fifty-something grandma of six, who refuses to give into society’s notion of how I should behave.

 I have dreams, little and bloody great big ones. The simplest is to gain, something to tide me over so I can establish my business to develop my bigger ideas.

 I bet if you ask anyone in business, they will all say the same…. ‘I just need to do this…’ ‘Gain that…’ and I will have done it.

 The one thing I do know is, that in all the chaos and chasing of tails, the stress and very occasional anxiety, I have found my peace and my joy.

 I do have one or two exciting projects going on at the moment, that I will share with you as they grow?

 First published LinkedIn, 20 January 2016

© 9 February 2016 MC

Missed opportunity!

Last night, Saturday 30th January 2016, whilst at a friend’s house, I received a message from another friend asking me to watch The Jonathon Ross Show, where Johnny Vegas was talking about diabetes in a comical fashion.

 So today I took a look for myself, via The ITV Hub, yes entertaining and funny but what an amazing diabetes health education opportunity missed.

 Johnny Vegas had been approached by a ‘diabetes association’ to present at an event assuming wrongly that he lived with diabetes – he made it very clear he doesn’t. He went on to express the trauma of every time he has a health check Health Professionals appeared disappointed by his lack of diagnosis – talk about stigma!

 He laughs it off by saying ‘…… I am just a fat git!’

 Then without coaxing, James Norton (actor from War and Peace BBC) shared that he does have diabetes and expresses that there are two types of diabetes – end of the conversation.

I know it was and is a light entertainment show but I have to say I was so disappointed that more information wasn’t revealed.

 James Norton clearly a successful young actor and very obviously, diabetes aware. If he had just been asked the right questions by Jonathon Ross, such clarity in a positive way about diabetes could have ensued.

 Maybe next time!

 First published LinkedIn, 31 January 2016

© 9 February 2016 MC

‘Health is wealth’

 I found this on today’s BBC News feed and found it somewhat ironic.

 Last week I attended ‘Health is wealth’ Conference in Liverpool.

 At first, like many, I thought it was going to be about making revenue from health. A very touchy subject at the moment, as our NHS struggles on to survive.

 It wasn’t it was about appreciating the most precious gift we have “Good Health” for those of us lucky enough.

 It was about preserving “Good health”, preventing or finding ways to alleviate and cope with ‘Bad health’.

Looking at and encouraging innovation in maintaining someone’s health.

 Sounds an easy enough task but when you read the above link, you then realise it isn’t at all because we all take for granted our good health.

 Ask anyone who suffers with any form of ill health, being knocked off your feet for a week with “flu” to those suffering with some form of long term condition (LTC), it is no fun at all.

We all know what we need to do and as we struggle with our good intentions of New Year Resolutions.

 Resolve to ensure not to take for granted your good health and remember in the words of Ian Buchanan’s grandmother “Health is Wealth”.

© 27 January 2015 MC

Eating Elephants!

Well, it’s that time of year again.
When we resolve that we will do better!
 To lose weight?
 Give up smoking?
 Eat more healthy?
 Eat our five a day fruit and veg?
 Go for long walks?
 Be at one with nature?
 
New Years Resolutions!
Do any of us really stick to them, do we?
The one thing that affects all of these self-promises is MOTIVATION!
Keeping motivated is not easy for anyone…
There are so many distractions and temptations out there to trip us up…
Put diabetes into the equation means that you have to ensure you keep yourself
motivated, regardless of, where you are on the calendar!
So how do you keep motivated?
1. Keep your goals simple, achievable
2. Once you have reached said goal; you move on to the next simple achievable goal
Sounds easy, but it so is, okay let us look at an HbA1c result:
You go to your diabetes clinic today, they give you a result of 93mmol/mol (10.7%), both you and your healthcare professional know it’s too high.
Now it could be that last time you came for your result it was 97mmol/mol (11%) or it has stayed the same – my reaction would be well done you!
Why? It hasn’t increased. So a change has happened? You were motivated!
Your HbA1c is a retrospective result (a past status) it shows how well you controlled your blood sugar, in those 120 days prior to your blood going to the laboratory.
So when you are given the result good, bad or indifferent you have another 3 months or 120 days, till your next blood result, to make a difference. It is, in fact, your New Year!
HbA1c results are not for making you feel guilty!
They are there for your guidance to ensure good control, as in a marker, as are all your other blood results.
Every time you make that diabetes clinic attendance you are there to be inspired and re-motivated to achieve better control.
Both you and your health professional are there to work together to aid you in maintaining as good a control as possible.
Did you know that an improvement to control can aid your reduction of Diabetes Retinopathy – as small as reducing your HbA1c by 0.5% or 6mmol/mol in 3 months will create a change
In retinal screening clinics, we don’t want massive reductions because we know it can also cause problems.
As Health Professionals we can be a nightmare, we have research and evidence saying that HbA1c needs to be at a certain level for good control. quite rightly in an intense research-managed environment.
 But take a step back imagine it’s you!
24 hours – 7 days a week 365 days a year, continually aware that you have to keep your fasting blood sugar level no higher than 6-7mmol/l. (Those older 7-8mm0l/l.)
Be real it is not that cut and dried. Just follow #ourD tweetchat (twitter) on a Tuesday night 8-9pm and listen to what those living and coping with diabetes have to say.
Now think of your New Years resolutions, are they really achievable?
Of course, they are and why because you will have something motivating you on.
For more help and advice google Diabetes UK
A much-loved Nurse Manager, Chris Sharples, used to say to me all the time when I was trying to conquer the world of Diabetes, in a day.
“You can only eat an elephant, one mouthful at a time!”
Happy New Year and good wishes to you all!
© 5 January 2015 MC