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'Information prescriptions' for people with diabetes

People with diabetes who do not have their condition under control will be given personal action plans from their GP to improve their health from this week.

Under the new scheme, launched by Diabetes UK, the NHS and private providers, if someone is not meeting their targets for blood pressure, cholesterol or blood glucose then an alert will flash up on their GP’s computer advising them that their patient could benefit from an ‘information prescription’. To read more, click here.

Group publishes new inpatient guidelines

Two new diabetes clinical guidelines for hospitals have been published by a leading group of senior clinicians.

The Joint British Diabetes Societies for Inpatient Care (JBDS-IP) has released:

It now means JBDS-IP has now released nine guidelines since forming in 2008 to "deliver a set of diabetes inpatient guidelines and propose standards of care within secondary care organisations".

JBDS-IP is supported by Diabetes UK, the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD) and the Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse (DISN) UK Group. To read more, click here.

Diabetes complications lead to higher death rates

One in five people admitted to hospital for angina, stroke, heart attack and heart failure have diabetes, according to new research.

In 2013 there were 23,986 premature deaths in England and Wales due to diabetes as compared to the general population. Those with Type 1 diabetes were 131 per cent more likely to die in 2013 than their peers without the condition, and those with Type 2 diabetes were 32 per cent more likely to die. To read more, click here.

Diabetes inpatient teams inspired at event

Good practice in diabetes hospital care was celebrated at a national conference held this week.

The ‘4th National Diabetes Inpatient Conference’ took place on Wednesday, January 28, at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) in London.

It was organised by Dr Gerry Rayman, the Clinical Lead of National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NaDIA) and the President of the Endocrine and Diabetes section of the RSM. To read more, click here.