Digital technology, big data and the mutual sector

Mutual and cooperative insurers have justifiable pride in the high levels of service they offer to their members. But, with improved and deeper customer relationships being a key focus for the commercial sector’s application of technology and so-called ‘big data’, are you ready to repel the threat to even long-held customers’ loyalties asks Robin Swindell.

Joining the fight against Type 2 diabetes

The theme of the 2007 Diabetes Week is Know diabetes, fight diabetes so in this blog I’m going to first talk about my journey to  learn more about my Type 2 discuss some of this things I think all of us whose lives are impacted by diabetes should be fighting for.

Why I don't feel like a patient; Managing my Type 2 Diabetes

When we think about the experience of someone with T2D, it is important to remember that the time we spend with healthcare professionals represents just a fraction of the total experience. For the rest of the time, we are very much on our own, so equipping us with the knowledge, skills and motivation to manage our conditions is always key to successful outcomes.

Let’s get personal(ised) (#DPC16)

There has been a swell of interest and discussion about Person Centric Care of late, and after years of talk its time seems to have come. What does it mean for people with diabetes and what does it look like in practice for those with Type 2 diabetes?

Standing up for Diabetes (#DPC16)

Recent research about the benefits that making small changes to our everyday behaviours can have on our blood glucose (BG) levels have implications for how we live our everyday lives and may change future Diabetes prevention and management programmes.

Blood Glucose testing for non-insulin users

Towards the end of last year NICE published new guidelines on the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. As part of these, they recommended further restrictions on Self-Testing of Blood Glucose people with Type 2 Diabetes (PWD). This advice is based on the very reasonable argument that the overall effect of self-monitoring is small, but this argument stands in stark contrast to my personal experience, and to the experience of a great many others... it seems that taking a closer look at the science behind the argument is worthwhile.