Diabetes UK respond to England-wide Care Home Diabetes Audit

By Editor
5th June 2014
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Diabetes UK has called the current lack of regulation concerning diabetes in care homes “completely unacceptable” and called for improvements.

Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, made the comment following the publication today of the first-ever, England-wide Care Home Diabetes Audit by the Institute of Diabetes for Older People,  which includes a series of recommendations.

She said: “The findings of this first England-wide audit of care homes are deeply worrying. They show that far too many older and vulnerable people are being denied basic standards of diabetes care and this is something that needs to be addressed urgently.

“With the number of people with diabetes projected to rise over the next few years, even more people with the condition will be entering our care home system or develop diabetes during their time in it and, if nothing changes, their health will continue to suffer, putting their lives at risk, as a result of a systemic failure to train people properly and deliver consistently good standards of care.

“We know that many people in care homes do not have regular access to a healthcare professional and are often looked after by unqualified carers who may not have even a basic understanding of diabetes. Other issues such as dementia, other co-morbidities, frailty and end of life needs can also complicate the management of diabetes.

“The current lack of regulation is completely unacceptable. Unlike the provision of dementia care, where a minimum number of staff are required to be trained in order to provide care to meet Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards, there are currently no mandatory requirements for diabetes skills or training. As part of the Joint British Diabetes Societies, we are working with the CQC to strengthen the regulatory framework around diabetes in care homes.

“We want to see full national implementation of the standards recommended in our 2010 report Good clinical practice for care home residents with diabetes and we want mandatory demonstration of this as a CQC requirement for registration of people with diabetes. We also want Clinical Commissioning Groups to put plans in place to improve diabetes care for people in care homes and provision of good quality training for care home staff.”

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