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New annual diabetes checks proposed by NICE

A new series of annual checks to monitor and improve the health of people with diabetes are being proposed by health watchdog NICE for its latest Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) indicator menu.

The QOF is a voluntary incentive scheme for GP practices in the UK, rewarding them for how well they care for their patients, and helping them target resources for where they are most needed. It consists of groups of indicators against which practices score points according to their level of achievement.

NHS England, and health administrations from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, can use NICE’s QOF menu to determine which indicators are used within the QOF within their own countries.For the latest QOF menu, NICE propose a bundled indicator of eight checks for people with diabetes. To read more, click here.

Hospitals gearing up for Hypo Awareness Week

Almost 90 diabetes hospital teams have so far signed up to take part in Hypo Awareness Week 2014.

The aim of the week, which runs from September 29 to October 5, is to raise awareness of hypoglycaemia in the inpatient setting to help hospital staff recognise and treat symptoms and refer patients to appropriate care teams.

The week will work in very much the same way as in previous years – an online resource pack will be made available to participating sites, containing all of the resources needed to stage awareness events and campaigns in your hospital. There will also be a webinar to help encourage the spread of good practice.

This year Novo Nordisk is the official partner for Hypo Awareness Week 2014. To read more, click here.

Diabetes UK hail 'historic landmark' for pupils

The new school term will mark an “historic landmark” for children with Type 1 diabetes with  schools in England having a legal duty to support youngsters with long-term health conditions.

The Children and Families Act 2014 comes into effect for the new school year on the back of campaigning by Diabetes UK for the legal protection.

A lack of training and understanding has meant some schools do not administer insulin or test the bloods of children with Type 1, or not allow them to have a snack to treat low blood glucose levels. Some children have also found themselves excluded or partially excluded from parts of school life, such as residential trips.

But under the new law, schools need to have a medical conditions policy in place, along with an individual healthcare plan for any children with Type 1 diabetes. Schools must also work with parents and Diabetes Specialist Nurses to make sure children get support and ensure relevant school staff are trained. To read more, click here.