arrow_up-blue blog branches consultations events facebook-icon facebook-icon2 factsheet forum-icon forum hands key link location lock mail measure menu_plus news pdf pdf2 phone policies publications related search share subjectguide twitter-icon word youtube-icon

Diabetes: Professional Resources

RCN resources

RCN publications

The RCN has published the following diabetes related publications:

CPD online learning

Diabetes essentials - This learning resource is relevant to all registered nurses, student nurses, midwives and health visitors, health care assistants (HCAs) and assistant practitioners working in any health care setting or nursing specialism. The aim is to provide you with an overview of diabetes and to provide some guidelines on treating patients with this condition as part of the nursing team. There are also some scenarios that look at different situations involving diabetes.

Diabetes resources


The Joint British Diabetes Society offers an array of practical guideleines 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 (2010) Management of Diabetes. This guideline provides recommendations based on current evidence for best practice in the management of diabetes

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

Further resources

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 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 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. 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 programmeThis 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