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Footcare commissioning guide released

Healthcare commissioners have been urged to prioritise diabetic footcare following the release of an online commissioner’s guide.

The College of Podiatry has launched the document that exposes – in detail – the comparative rates of amputations across England and is calling on commissioners to take action and help end the 'postcode lottery' of avoidable amputations.

On a daily basis there are 23 people with diabetes in England who will have a toe, foot or leg amputated. It is thought improving the way diabetic foot health is commissioned and delivered, around half of all diabetes-related amputations could be avoided.

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2017 Rowan Hillson Inpatient Safety Award opens

Entries are being sought for a national competition to showcase excellence in inpatient diabetes care.

The theme for the 2017 Rowan Hillson Inpatient Safety Award is Best Digital Initiative. To read more, click here

Pathway for diabetes and learning disabilities published

A pathway ensuring the same level of care is provided for people with a learning disability and diabetes has been published.

The NHS RightCare Pathway for Diabetes: reasonable adjustments for people with a learning disability document was developed in collaboration with a range of stakeholders including the NHS England Learning Disability team.

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The Big Interview – Professor Mike Trenell

Professor Mike Trenell is Professor of Metabolism and Lifestyle Medicine at Newcastle University and has a special interest in how lifestyle can impact health.

He recently talked at DPC and appeared on a BBC documentary looking at how adapting the way people live their lives can improve, or even reverse type 2 diabetes.

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Leading nurse consultant joins Diabetes Times editorial board

A diabetes nurse consultant and co-founding member of a leading nursing organisation has joined The Diabetes Times editorial board.

Debbie Hicks, who began nursing in 1990, joins Dr Partha Kar, the associate national clinical director for diabetes for NHS England, in helping to steer the content policy of the country’s leading online diabetes publication. 

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