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A DIABETES model developed in Portsmouth is being used as a shining example of how healthcare should look.

The King’s Fund, an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England, has published a report which suggests specialist knowledge should move out of hospitals and into community settings.

The ‘super six’ model – a care programme for diabetic patients – created by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, has been picked as a good example of this.

Ruth Robertson, fellow at The King’s Fund, said: ‘Our research uncovered great examples where hospital consultants working with their colleagues outside hospital has improved patient care, such as the super six model.

‘Implementing this new way of working is a challenge when budgets are constrained; the acute care workforce is focused on delivering consultant cover in hospital seven days a week and general practice is functioning under severe pressure.’