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New junior doctor handbook shares inpatient diabetes advice

By Editor
14th August 2019

An online handbook has been created to help junior doctors safely look after adult inpatients with diabetes.

The Handbook for Adult Inpatient Diabetes Care provides guidelines, educational videos and top tips and can be accessed via mobile phone, iPad, laptop or PC.

The resource has been developed by Dr Kath Higgins and Dr Sowmya Gururaj and is part of the Inpatient Diabetes Training & Support (ITS) toolkit, which won the 2018/2019 Rowan Hillson Insulin Safety Award, and can be used as an educational resource by any healthcare professional in any hospital alongside their own local guidance.

The ITS toolkit was initially developed for frontline non-specialist staff at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust but is open access so it can be used by any healthcare professional in any hospital. The team identified that there was a need for an educational resource which was specifically targeted to trainee doctors. This handbook was produced to support frontline medical staff when caring for inpatients with diabetes.

The team believe that the resource will be widely used by teams caring for inpatients with diabetes and that it will support those teams in delivering safe high-quality care.

Dr Higgins, Consultant in Diabetes Care and Clinical Lead for Inpatient Diabetes Care at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, was announced as the 2018/2019 Rowan Hillson Insulin Safety Award winner in April for the ITS project which saw insulin medication errors fall by almost 50%. Upon winning the award, she pledged to ensure the insulin error-reducing strategy was “sustainable”.

To access the resource, click here.

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