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DKA audit launched in bid to improve care

The largest audit assessing how diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is managed in the UK has been launched.

Diabetes hospital teams are being invited to take part in the National Audit of DKA Management to gain an insight into care of the life-threatening condition.

The survey is being organised and led by Dr Ketan Dhatariya, a consultant in diabetes, endocrinology and general medicine at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and is being officially supported by The Diabetes Times.

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Diabetes charity celebrates 20th anniversary

A diabetes charity is celebrating its 20th anniversary by launching a fundraising campaign.

To mark the occasion, the Independent Diabetes Trust (IDDT) is calling on supporters to take on fundraising challenges and raise a minimum of £20 to represent the number of years it has been supporting people with the condition.

People are running half marathons and staging events as part of the ‘£20 Challenge’ to help guarantee the continuation of the charity’s work providing vital, independent support for people with diabetes, their parents and carers.

Supporter David Hughes, 24, from Kingsthorpe, Northampton, raised £300 by taking part in the Silverstone Half Marathon on 2nd March.

He said: “It was the first organised run I have done and despite being tough, it was very rewarding. I finished it in 2 hours 11 minutes, which I was happy with considering it was my first run.”

Martin Hirst, acting IDDT chief executive, said: “Diabetes is quickly becoming the health epidemic of the 21st century. We need to take diabetes seriously before it causes more problems to more people.

“We, like every charity, are reliant on donations but whereas other fundraising drives can be quite demanding, our £20 challenge is attainable for both our challengers and sponsors.”

Our editor is taking on a challenge to mark the anniversary – see the story below.

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Diabetes UK welcomes landmark support for pupils with medical conditions

A group of national health charities including Diabetes UK have welcomed new statutory guidance to improve support in schools to over 1 million children with long-term medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease, cancer, Type 1 diabetes, stroke, coeliac disease and anaphylaxis.

The new statutory guidance was issued to schools on Thursday 15th May by the Government following its landmark decision last year to amend the Children and Families Act. From September schools in England will be legally required to provide the high quality support children with medical conditions need.

The guidance for the new law is statutory and sets out the practical support schools will be expected to provide to support children with medical conditions, such as making sure they have individual healthcare plans in place and training and support for school staff.

Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Many of these children can face discrimination and avoidable ill health at school."

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