Diabetes is a disease which permeates all levels of society, crosses cultural boundaries and impacts on patients across all nursing specialties.
Incidence of diabetes is on the rise, so it's everybody's business.
The long-term impact that diabetes has on both the individual, family and on wider society is huge, in both human and economic terms. We need to take action to reduce this disease burden and improve the quality of life for all of those living with, or affected by diabetes. This is reflected in recent NHS publications, placing diabetes at the centre of the stage, as we look towards the future health of our nation (https://www.england.nhs.uk/long-term-plan/).
Your RCN diabetes forum strives to provide the highest quality information and guidance to its members. To this end, we have revisited what we consider and essential resource for those nurses working with people who are currently managed with, or due to commence injectable therapies.
The 'Starting injectable treatments in adults with type 2 diabetes' (3rd edition), has been entirely revised and updated to ensure our members working across varied areas of practice, can effectively care for people using injectable therapies. This updated guidance draws on the latest research, guidelines and product developments, to provide a concise and user friendly resource. The new edition includes an overview of the underlying principles for starting injectable therapies and comprehensive information about how insulin and other injectable therapies work and how doses are adjusted. Also included is guidance on choosing appropriate treatments based on individual need. We have developed case studies to contextualise your learning and facilitate your professional development. There are practical tips for delivering diabetes education and also guidance in relation to managing hypoglycaemia.
Above all else, whether a specialist in diabetes or not, we hope this newly revised resource will help to underpin the high quality, evidence based care we all aim to deliver to every patient, every time.
We welcome any questions or feedback that will inform our members or help to develop future editions.