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Diabetes Psychology Service

The Diabetes Psychology Service is designed to provide emotional support and care for people with diabetes. The service is available across Kent and Medway.

Who can access the service?

  • If you are aged 18 years or over
  • Have been diagnosed with diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 or secondary forms of diabetes)
  • If you are experiencing reduced psychological wellbeing (e.g. stress or low mood), or have mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

What we can offer:*

  • Assessment of diabetes distress and psychological wellbeing
  • Help with managing lifestyle changes and treatment regimes
    • Help with managing negative emotions and illness symptoms
    • Access to evidence based psychological therapies
    • Guided self-help and sign-posting to relevant resources.

How can patients access the service?

Your GP can refer you, or you can contact us directly. Please let us know that you have diabetes or ask your GP to write this on the referral form. It is also useful if we have your most recent HbA1c. Call us on 0300 012 0012 or email kcaptp@kca.org.uk

Want to get involved?

We are keen to involve people with diabetes in the ongoing development of this service. Your input will help us to ensure that the service is progressive, responsive and effective. Ways in you can get involved include: joining a project steering group, helping to develop plans for research and development, taking part in research, providing feedback on the service. For more information, please email: Kerry Smith diabetes.project@kca.org.uk


*Our services are based on a stepped care framework which complies with NICE guidance on psychological therapy. You will be offered treatment that is appropriate to your level of psychological wellbeing.

 

 

 

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