A group of GP practices has won a £10m contract to provide a full community service for patients with diabetes from April 2014.
The Suffolk GP Federation will collectively provide diabetes screening, training and care for patients with the disease in the community.
This includes a dedicated helpline and mobile dietetic, podiatry and antenatal clinics provided in GP surgeries.
The federation will co-ordinate the provision of the service, which will be carried out by 43 practices in Colchester and Tendring. The federation, a non-profit organisation, will be paid £2m a year to run the service over five years.
Dr Gary Sweeney, chair of the NHS North East Essex CCG said: ‘I am confident that this innovative approach will make the services more convenient.’
Suffolk GP Federation chair Dr Tim Reed, said: ‘We are looking forward to working with local GPs, local hospitals and healthcare professionals to provide a simple-to-access service for all diabetes patients in North East Essex.
‘This will help those living with diabetes to monitor and manage their condition more easily and provide convenient, high quality services and the best possible care in their local community.’
This article was amended at 17:00 on 28/10/13 to reflect that the 43 practices providing the services do not make up the federation.