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Finalists announced in DESMOND awards

The finalists in the Celebrating DESMOND awards have been revealed.

The new annual programme aims to reward excellence and share good practice. The four categories include Team of the Year, Educator of the Year, Patient of the Year and Excellence Award.

Bernie Stribling, DESMOND Director, said: “The standards were high and the quality of entries is a testament to all of the hard, dedicated and innovative work being carried out by DESMOND teams.

“We launched the Celebrating DESMOND Annual Awards Programme to applaud and share good practice.”

Fourteen out of the 28 entries have been shortlisted for the categories. To read more, click here.

Novo and Roche launch new treatment to simplify insulin pump therapy

Novo Nordisk has launched NovoRapid® PumpCart®, the first prefilled pump cartridge with an insulin analogue that has been specifically designed for insulin pumps.

This new treatment solution, which contains NovoRapid® (insulin aspart) – a rapid-acting insulin from Novo Nordisk – is expected to make insulin pump therapy more convenient for people with diabetes and their healthcare professionals.

The 1.6 ml cartridge has been developed in a non-exclusive partnership between Roche Diabetes Care and Novo Nordisk and is compatible with the new Accu-Chek® Insight insulin pump therapy system from Roche Diabetes Care. To read more, click here.

People with diabetes not offered dietary advice

More than half of people with diabetes are not offered sufficient dietary advice upon diagnosis, according to a survey carried out to support the healthy eating message of this year’s World Diabetes Day.

More than 50 per cent of newly-diagnosed people with diabetes were not given adequate information and guidance about how to best control the condition and minimise the risks of complications, including potential coma-inducing blood sugar lows, foot amputations and blindness.

A further of 53 per cent were also not referred to a diabetes education session covering diet, the InDependent Diabetes Trust’s (IDDT) Living with Diabetes Survey 2014 has found. 

Jenny Hirst, co-chair of the international diabetes charity, said: “People with diabetes face a daily battle to keep on top of their condition but unfortunately they are not always given sufficient information and advice, especially when it comes to diet." To read more, click here.

People with diabetes experience preventable hospital admissions

Large numbers of people with diabetes are experiencing potentially preventable hospital admissions, a report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found.

The new report provided a national level analysis of the quality of care for diabetes using centralised data. To read more, click here.