Diabetes Discussion Groups

WHO ARE YOU?

My name is Fern Jamieson and I work within the NHS Health Improvement Team (Healthy Shetland).

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Part of my role is to look at our experiences with diabetes in Shetland, both through services and our own self management. I am holding discussion groups across Shetland to understand people's experiences with diabetes in Shetland to shape Shetland's care pathways. These discussion groups are particularly for those  type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes or at risk of type 2 diabetes as these conditions are different to type 1 diabetes and have different care pathways.

I am holding discussion groups (of 6-8 folk) across Shetland over the next couple of months and I would love to hear about your experiences, either in a group or on an individual basis, if you'd prefer.

I will record the discussions so I can write these up later and these will be fully anonymous and confidential as per the group agreement.

WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?

It would be really great to have you along to a group that suits you. These one-off discussions will take 1½ - 2 hours and although I have some questions and background information, a lot of the discussion will come from the group.

We will be looking at your journey right from pre-diagnosis through to the present day. Talking about how it felt to be told you were at risk of (or diagnosed with) diabetes;  your experiences with diabetes support; your own self-management and how we could improve on care pathways for the future.

You do not have to have any previous experience of groups to attend, just to be open to discussing your experiences.

WHY SHOULD I DO THIS?

Everyone's voice is important and these discussions will help us understand more about diabetes care in Shetland and hear people's stories that are behind our diabetes care statistics.

By volunteering a couple of hours, you will make a real difference to Shetland’s Healthier Future

CONTACT

If you would like to join in discussions, or more information, please contact Fern Jamieson on (01595) 807492 or email fernjamieson@nhs.net