Diabetes Healthy Feet Advisory Group - SLHD - EOI

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is seeking Expressions of Interest from general practitioners, practice nurses, and private podiatrists based in Sydney Local Health District to join the advisory group for the Diabetes Healthy Feet Project. This project aims to improve the management of diabetic foot complications in primary care in the LHD.

Applications close on 14 December 2018. For more details, please contact Win Yee Tan

Diabetes Healthy Feet Project
Background

SLHD has a general outpatient podiatry service which provides primary and secondary preventive foot care for people with diabetes who have foot pathology and are at high risk of ulceration and amputation. The SLHD also has two High Risk Foot Services (HRFS) at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) and Concord Repatriation and General Hospital (CRGH) which provide multidisciplinary management for people with complex, diabetes-related foot ulcers, acute Charcot Neuroarthropathy or foot infections.

An intake audit for SLHD Podiatry (including referral to the CRGH HRFS) demonstrated that approximately 20% of General Practitioners in the suburbs of the SLHF catchment area refer clients to this service. This low percentage indicates inequity in access to podiatry services in our community.

Objectives

The SLHD Diabetes Healthy Feet project aims to increase podiatry services for high risk patients in the community. This will be achieved through the following objectives:

  1. Increase patient awareness of diabetic foot complications.
  2. Increase timeliness and appropriateness of referrals to the SLHD Podiatry Department; RPAH Diabetes Centre HRFS & CRGH HRFS.
  3. Increase the number of referring General Practitioners to the SLHD Podiatry Department.
  4. Increase primary care professional awareness of diabetic foot complications, foot screening, and appropriate referral pathways to use in response to risk assessment outcomes.
  5. Improve primary health practitioner confidence in the management of diabetic foot ulcers.
Advisory group

Members of the Advisory Group will represent their group/organisation as stakeholders in the project and share expertise and perspectives that will support the project in meeting its objective.

Objectives: To provide operational and strategic leadership for the project.

Quorum: 50% of membership plus 1

Meeting frequency: Bi-monthly or as required

Project duration: November 2018 – July 2019

Role:

  • Facilitate communication and information flow between stakeholders.
  • Review and provide feedback on progress and deliverables.
  • Provide expert advice regarding specific initiatives related to the project.
  • Champion the project to support implementation of changes where appropriate as part of primary role.