Diabetes is a common condition affecting all aspects of an individual’s life. Associated complications can be costly. They also have a significant effect on the person's quality of life. With the help and support of nursing staff the condition can be managed. Self-management skills are an essential part of diabetes care for every patient. Nursing staff working at all levels are key to promoting self-management skills. They link all aspects of diabetes care, signposting people to further help if required.
The Joint British Diabetes Society offers an array of practical guidelines that can be adopted/adjusted to meet local need
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 (2017) Management of diabetes. A national clinical guideline. This updated guidance provides recommendations on lifestyle interventions for type 1 & 2 diabetes; managing psychosocial issues; managing cardiovascular, kidney and foot diseases; preventing visual impairment; and managing type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes during pregnancy
SIGN (2017) Pharmacological management of glycaemic control in people with type 2 diabetes. This guidance provides recommendations on optimal targets for glucose control for the prevention of microvascular and macrovascular complications, and the risks and benefits of the different glucose-lowering agents and insulins currently available
TREND UK is 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
All-Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes is a cross-party interest group of UK parliamentarians who have a shared interest in raising the profile of diabetes, its prevention and improving the quality of treatment and care for people living with diabetes
Diabetes.co.uk 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. It makes calls to NHS England, local commissioners, GPs and other NHS providers to improve care and support for people with diabetes and on the prevention of Type 2 diabetes. Amanda Cheesley, the RCN's professional lead for long term conditions and end of life care has written a commentary on the report.
Diabetes UK: Putting feet first campaign: This 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. They work with government, academia and industry to accelerate research in the UK and within healthcare policy to ensure that the outcomes of research are delivered to people with type 1 in the UK
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 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 and features 35 published studies, 19 ongoing studies, questions for patients and health professionals, and patient voices. Amanda Cheesley, RCN Professional Lead for Long-Term Conditions and End of Life Care has written a commentary on the report.
WHO Diabetes programme: This programme aims to prevent diabetes whenever possible and, where not possible, to minimize complications and maximize quality of life. Core functions are to set norms and standards, promote surveillance, encourage prevention, raise awareness and strengthen prevention and control