Call to use flash and CGM education pack
Professor Partha Kar OBE has called for primary care teams to “put the theory into practice” by using a flash and CGM education pack after a major NHS England technology announcement.
People with type 1 diabetes are now eligible for the Dexcom ONE rt-CGM on the health service, NHS England said this week.
Healthcare professionals working in primary care can increase their knowledge of and confidence in flash glucose monitoring and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) thanks to a new suite of resources developed by EDEN (Effective Diabetes Education Now).
The education package, titled ‘Implementing Glucose Sensing in Primary Care’ and created in collaboration with DTN-UK and PCDS, has been developed in response to the latest NICE guidelines recommending wider access on the NHS to flash and CGM for people living with diabetes. It includes comprehensive information and learning for both Abbott and Dexcom products.
Professor Kar, National Speciality Advisor for Diabetes and Obesity at NHS England, said: “CGM and flash glucose monitoring has revolutionised how people living with diabetes manage their condition. Up until now these devices have been largely initiated and managed in secondary care.
“The recently updated NICE guidance has helped to make this technology available to more of the patients I see in primary care, living with not just type 1, but also some people with type 2 diabetes. The Implementing Glucose Sensing in Primary Care education programme, from the EDEN team, supports primary care teams learning and will help put the theory into practice.”
The resources will help primary healthcare professionals increase their knowledge and confidence around flash glucose monitoring and CGM.
The education package, which has been endorsed by Primary Care Diabetes Society (PCDS) and Diabetes Technology Network (DTN-UK), consists of five key education elements:
- Initial conversation piece and detailed core knowledge – video resources
- Case studies for type 1 and type 2 diabetes – video and slide resources
- Product training package, Abbott and Dexcom – e-learning
- Implementation guide – web based
- DTN-UK – additional learning
EDEN, based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, is an international centre of excellence in diabetes research, education and innovation and is led by Co-Directors Professor Melanie Davies CBE and Professor Kamlesh Khunti CBE. Hosted at Leicester General Hospital, the centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester.