NHS England: Action for Diabetes

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NHS England has announced a new strategy document for diabetes care, called Action for Diabetes.  The document is for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), to serve as a reference on the work that is going on across NHS England. It will also be of interest to the wider community interested in diabetes care to see what [read the full story…]

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National Diabetes Audit highlights the need to focus on prevention and treatment of heart failure

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In answering the question “Are we ‘doing things right’ in Diabetes care?”, a good place to start is to look at all the data we have about patients in the NHS.    The National Diabetes Audit does just that for NHS services in England and Wales. Over two million people have diabetes in England and [read the full story…]

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The National Pregnancy in Diabetes Audit aims to improve pregnancy outcomes for women with diabetes

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We already know that women with diabetes have a substantially increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes.  We also know that improved glycaemic control can reduce these risks.  But are these messages being adequately addressed in current clinical practice? The NHS in England has recently started the National Pregnancy in Diabetes Audit, with the aim of [read the full story…]

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DAFNE improved quality of life whilst reducing costs in type 1 diabetes in the UK and Ireland

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Dose adjustment for normal eating (DAFNE) is a structured education programme for adults with type 1 diabetes for insulin adjustment on a meal-by-meal basis. It is based on carbohydrate estimation and is suitable for patients who can read or speak English. DAFNE is delivered by specially trained educators (diabetes specialist nurses and diabetes specialist dietitians) [read the full story…]

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Diabetes accounted for 8.9% of prescribing costs in NHS England in 2011/12

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The NHS Information Centre has released audit data for prescriptions for diabetes medications in England in the financial year 2011/12. Along with an executive summary and full text PDF of the report, the NHS has released the source data stratified by PCT and a data quality statement to assist interpretation. The prescribing data covers insulins, [read the full story…]

NHS Atlas of Variation in Diabetes in England

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The NHS Atlas of Variation series is intended to support local decision making to increase the value which a population receives from the resources spent on their healthcare. The aim of the Diabetes Atlas is to identify and quantify the extent of ‘unwarranted’ variation that may be due to unjustified geographical differences in medical practice [read the full story…]

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