By using DiabetesTimes.co.uk, you agree to our terms and use of cookies to enhance your experience.

Findings of diabetes nursing audit to be announced at DPC2019

By Editor
4th October 2019
CPD, Nursing

The results of an audit into diabetes specialist nursing in England will be revealed at a major conference for healthcare professionals later this month.

TREND-UK, an organisation that represents all diabetes nursing groups, launched the DSN Audit because the current number of diabetes specialist nurses (DSNs) is unclear. This audit was initiated in response to a challenge posed at the All Party Parliamentary Diabetes Group.

The last time a survey focussed on diabetes nursing was in 2010 and it relied on people voluntarily responding to a questionnaire, with 838 respondents giving 238 different job titles.

The 2019 DSN Audit was based on sending requests under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act meaning NHS trusts were legally obliged to return the data.

Questions about nursing roles were sent to all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), hospital trusts and mental health trusts in England between February 21st 2019 and March 22nd 2019.

The findings have been collated and the results will be presented at Diabetes Professional Care (DPC2019), the UK’s largest free-to-attend, CPD-accredited conference for healthcare professionals working in diabetes care.

TREND-UK Co-Chair Debbie Hicks said: “DSNs play an integral part in the support of individuals with complex diabetes problems. They also advise and educate other non-specialist healthcare professionals in the management of the condition, enabling them to provide routine and on-going support to the 3.7 million people living with diabetes in the UK.

“With the ever-increasing numbers of people developing the conditions, it’s therefore crucial to ensure that the number of DSNs increases accordingly, which is why we launched this audit to determine how many there are across NHS England and establish a baseline figure.

“Announcing the results at DPC2019, which is getting bigger and bigger every year, gives us the perfect platform to reveal the facts about diabetes nursing and where we may need to make small changes to make sure people get the very best care.”

TREND-UK is grateful to the support received from Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry, Napp, NHS England and Novo Nordisk.

Maggie Meer, who launched DPC in 2015, said: “We’re thrilled that TREND-UK has chosen DPC2019 to unveil the results of this DSN Audit. The findings are going to shine a light on the level of diabetes nursing support that’s currently available and will inform organisations, commissioners and management for the need to put more resources in place for these vital roles.”

This year DPC opens on October 29 and will be in a larger hall within Olympia London to accommodate increased demand.

A series of new specialist clinics will be at the heart of a revamped programme, with organisers promising the biggest event yet. Registration for healthcare professionals remains open.

Comments (1)

  1. JIttit Jihno says:

    Diabetes is reversible. I am talking about the most common form of diabetes which is type 2.

    I have reversed it in so many cases myself and there are documented cases of thousands of people who have reversed diabetes with the help of experts.

    Glucose is the sugar which is used by every cell of the body to produce energy. This is carried by a hormone insulin to most of the cells. When sugar levels are high, the cells do not allow sugar inside and that is when we say Insulin has become ineffective. i.e. Insulin sensitivity has come down and the condition is known as Diabetes when excess sugar starts to circulate in the blood.

    Even the fat cells no longer store sugar. So any activity which burns energy will make your insulin sensitive and push glucose inside the cells reducing your sugar levels in the blood. When the intake of sugar is reduced, a similar result is observed.

    It takes a long time for the body to reverse diabetes and the body needs a lot of nutrients, as in a diabetic State the body is depleted of many nutrients.

    Diabetics are prone to infection and other chronic diseases like kidney failure, heart disease etc.

    Therefore it is important that you reverse the diabetes with a controlled and customized diet and not by yo yo dieting like reducing food intake. I definitely think that every parent needs to check out the site http://www.DiabetesReversalTactics.info if you’re serious about reversing your type 2 diabetes.

    Good luck!

    Nabila

Register an account or login to comment