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NHS issues letter addressing Freestyle funding policies

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are being urged to take “careful consideration” when developing FreeStyle Libre funding policies to ensure the technology is made available to people who will benefit.

A letter written by Dr Partha Kar, the associate national clinical director for diabetes and NHS England consultant in diabetes medicine, has laid out further clarification on local approaches to the device – made available on the NHS in November last year. To read more, click here

DKA hospital admission trend study published

Hospital admission trends for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in England have been examined as part of a cohort study.

In the previous two decades the number of adults being admitted to hospital with DKA has increased and associated healthcare performance did not improve, except decreased length of hospital stay. To read more, click here

Bursary launched to help nurses attend conference

A bursary to help nurses access funding towards attending diabetes-related education events has been launched.

The initiative has been launched by TREND-UK, a leading organisation for diabetes nurses. A spokesperson for the organisation said: “Attending meetings is a great opportunity to share ideas and learn about current diabetes topics but it is increasingly difficult for nurses to access these." To read more, click here

Pilot digital type 2 prevention programme fully rolled out

The digital stream of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) has now been fully rolled out across all eight pilot sites and the referral process has begun.

NHS England said early indications suggest that people have shown a keen interest in the digital behaviour change products that are on offer. But the aim is for up to 5,000 people to be recruited over a six month period, with access to the digital interventions for up to 12 months. To read more, click here

Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency leaflet updated

A leading diabetes nursing organisation has published an updated version of its pancreatic exocrine insufficiency leaflet. 

The TREND-UK resource called ‘Diabetes and pancreatic exocrine insufficiency’ now includes the latest, up-to-date information. Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) is important to understand in diabetes care due to the changing functions in the pancreas. To read more, click here