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Diabetes: Professional Resources

Diabetes Essentials

This updated resource will provide you with an overview of:

  • the core concepts of diabetes
  • diagnosis and current treatments
  • your role and responsibilities in regard to treating people living with diabetes. 

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Diabetes resources


Guidelines. Comparison table: pharmacological management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (adults)—ADA/EASD, NICE, and SIGN

Joint British Diabetes Society. Practical guidelines that can be adopted/adjusted to meet local need.

NHS England, Royal College of Physicians, and the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists. Clinical guide for the management of people with diabetes during the coronavirus pandemic.

NICE diabetes guidance: This webpage includes everything NICE has produced on the topic of diabetes: related NICE guidelines; pathways; quality standards and advice. There is guidance for adults, children and young people, diabetes in pregnancy, footcare; type 1 and 2 diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes. (England and Wales).

SIGN. Management of Diabetes. These guidelines (116 & 154) provide recommendations based on current evidence for best practice in the management of diabetes.

TREND Diabetes. A working group of diabetes nurses with different skills and backgrounds, providing a collective voice for all diabetes nursing groups. Resources include patient education materials, best practice guidance and competency frameworks.

Further resources is a growing community of people with diabetes and those with an interest in the condition, offering their own support and first-hand knowledge.

Diabetes UK is the leading charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes. 

Diabetes UK: State of the nation 2016: Time to take control of diabetes. This report sets out actions to improve the delivery of the 15 healthcare essentials for adults with diabetes, and to improve care for children and young people.  

Diabetes UK: Diabetes and emotional health - a practical guide for healthcare professionals supporting adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. This guide offers strategies and tools for how to recognise and have conversations about emotional problems, as well as for providing appropriate support.

Diabetes UK: Putting feet first campaignThis campaign aims to bring an end to the thousands of potentially preventable amputations affecting people with diabetes.

Diabetes UK: 15 healthcare essentials: There are 15 vital checks and services that everyone with diabetes, whatever type, should get for free from their healthcare team – the 15 healthcare essentials.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Fundation funds research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.

The International Diabetes Federation is an umbrella organization of over 230 national diabetes associations in 170 countries. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk.

NHS Choices: Diabetes. This webpage provides comprehensive health information on diabetes.

NHS England. NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHSDPP).

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): On The Level: Evidence for action on type 2 diabetes. This review brings together NIHR research on each aspect of type 2 diabetes care.

NIHR Signals. Here you can sign up for diabetes related research alerts.

World Health Organization. Diabetes

Page last updated - 21/02/2022