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Winners of DESMOND awards revealed

The winners of the 2015 Celebrating DESMOND Annual Awards Programme have been announced.

Bernie Stribling, director of the DESMOND Programme, said the five winning entries showed “excellence” and the awards demonstrated a “wealth of good practice”.

More than 30 submissions were made to the second annual awards, which aimed to reward excellence and share learning across the DESMOND community. To read more, click here.

Pregnant women with diabetes are ‘poorly prepared’

Three out of four pregnant women with diabetes “have higher than recommended blood glucose levels”, according to a new report.

The National Pregnancy in Diabetes (NPID) audit, which is managed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre in partnership with Diabetes UK and supported by Public Health England, looked at 2,537 women with diabetes who were pregnant in England and Wales in 2014. To read more, click here.

NHS leaders criticised over diabetes care

NHS leaders have been called on to defend their record of care for people living with diabetes in England by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Committee chair, Meg Hillier MP, reminded committee members that “it’s not rocket science to tackle diabetes”. She questioned why more was not being done to solve the national diabetes crisis and why there remains such a huge variation in care. To read more, click here.

Huge national interest in diabetes prevention scheme

Over three-quarters of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in partnership with 132 local authorities have expressed interest in a national drive to prevent diabetes.

A total of 66 joint expressions of interest were submitted to become part of the first phase of roll-outs of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP). To read more, click here.

Diabetes UK calls for more education in NHS

People with diabetes are not being given access to education courses in over a third of areas in England, a freedom of information (FOI) request by the charity Diabetes UK has revealed.

National guidance recommends that all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the NHS bodies responsible for planning healthcare, commission specific courses for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. However, of the 208 CCGs that responded to Diabetes UK’s FOI request, 72 said they do not do this. To read more, click here.

Ninjabetic – diabulimia dangers

As many people in the world of diabetes will know, November is Diabetes Awareness Month. It is a time to raise awareness around the misconceptions of the illness, the day-to-day living, the highs and the lows that are faced, the challenges, the achievements, the strengths and weaknesses that diabetes can bring. It is a time to talk, to share, to debate and to provide insight and this month I really want to highlight an issue that many people with diabetes face. To read more, click here.