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Diabetes care in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire

Diabetes Sans Frontières!

Berkshire West Diabetes Stakeholder Network

Richard Croft Subtitled

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. Watch a video of Dr Richard Croft introducing DSF here.

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 Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, the public health team and medicines management at Berkshire West PCT, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the Clinical Commission Groups (CCGs), including Newbury and District CCG, North and West Reading CCG, South Reading CCG and Wokingham CCG. The Network is chaired Dr Richard Croft.

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. You can view a video about what DSF does here.

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 the four CCGs. The title of the Network, ‘Diabetes Sans Frontières!’ (Diabetes without borders) is meant to underline the fact that we act as one in our aim of driving up standards of care for people with diabetes.

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 Richard Croft (Primary Care Lead for Diabetes) on