Review of 2017
Highlights from the last 12 months
Happy New Year from The Diabetes Times. So far this year we have published 337 news articles. Here we take a look back at some of the big stories from each month in our review of 2017.
January: NHS ENGLAND’S NATIONAL DRIVE TO PREVENT TYPE 2 DIABETES WILL BE EXPANDED
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme will support 100,000 people a year across the whole country by 2020 through tailored, personalised help, it was announced. Read more.
February: POSITIVE ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS RESULTS
Closed loop systems improve glucose control while also alleviating the risk of hypoglycaemia in adults, research showed. Read more.
February: TYPE 2 DIABETES RISK SCORE SOUTH ASIAN TRANSLATIONS
Gujarati and Bangladeshi versions of a tool to help people find out their risk of developing type 2 diabetes were launched. Read more.
March: SOUTHAMPTON CREATES FIRST DIABETES CONSULTANT PHARMACIST POST
The new role of a diabetes consultant pharmacist was created in a landmark move designed to improve care by harnessing resources. Read more.
March: DIABETES.CO.UK DUO MAKE SUNDAY TIMES ‘DISRUPTOR’ LIST FOR LOW CARB WORK
The team behind Europe’s largest diabetes community were named in a prestigious Sunday Times list for reversing type 2 diabetes treatment globally through a low carb, high fat approach. Read more.
April: NHS ENGLAND ANNOUNCES DIABETES FUNDINGS RESULTS
NHS England revealed the results of an application process to access £44m to improve diabetes care. Read more.
April: WARNING OVER LUCOZADE SUGAR REDUCTION
People who rely on Lucozade to treat hypos were urged to check the labels of the energy drink as the amount of sugar was halved. Read more.
May: ROWAN HILLSON AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Out of 19 submissions, Dr Suma Sugunendran, a consultant at the Royal Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and diabetes lead pharmacist Sallianne Kavanagh, from the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, were selected as joint winners of the 2016 Rowan Hillson Insulin Safety Award. Read more.
May: NICE UPDATES TYPE 2 DIABETES GUIDANCE
NICE added text on sodium–glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors to the section on initial drug treatment in its guidance of type 2 diabetes management. The algorithm for blood glucose lowering therapy in adults with type 2 diabetes was also revised to allow for a footnote with links to relevant NICE guidance on SGLT-2 inhibitors. Read more.
June: NHS ENGLAND RELEASES DIABETES PATHWAY
The NHS RightCare Pathway: Diabetes was released by NHS England in a bid to improve and reduce variation of care. Read more.
June: LOW CARB DIET ‘SAVED’ NHS £6.9M
A low carbohydrate diet has made a saving of £6.9 million in one year through reducing type 2 diabetes medications, according to the largest online diabetes community forum.
July: TOP DIABETES AND GENETICS EXPERT AWARDED CBE
Andrew Hattersley, a professor of molecular medicine at the University of Exeter and diabetes consultant at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his work revolutionising the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes. Read more.
July: NICE BRIEFING ON GLUCOSE MONITORING DEVICE
NICE published a medtech innovation briefing (MIB) on the FreeStyle Libre for glucose monitoring. Read more.
August: DIABETES AND PREGNANCY CLINICAL GUIDELINE PUBLISHED
The Joint British Diabetes Societies for Inpatient Care (JBDS–IP) published the Management of glycaemic control in pregnant women with diabetes on obstetric wards and delivery units to improve standards of care. Read more.
September: TYPE 2 DIABETES ‘REVERSIBLE’
A renowned, low-calorie diet advocate has concluded type 2 diabetes is “reversible” following a presentation of his body of work. Speaking at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, which has been taking place in Lisbon this week, Professor Roy Taylor, from Newcastle University, went through an overview of his findings gained from almost four decades studying the condition. Read more.
September: NICE UPDATES TYPE 2 DIABETES GUIDANCE
Guidelines to help healthcare professionals to identify adults at high risk of type 2 diabetes have been updated. NICE issued the newly updated document, saying it aims to “remind practitioners that age is no barrier to being at high risk of, or developing, the condition”. Read more.
October: QUALITY IN CARE AWARD WINNERS UNVEILED
A model to support the delivery of diabetes services within primary care and a national education programme for children and young people were among the winners of the Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes Awards. Read more.
October: NEW MEASURES TO SUPPORT OLDER PEOPLE WITH DIABETES AND FRAILTY
New guidelines entitled ‘An International Position Statement on the Management of Frailty in Diabetes’ were published. Lead author Professor Alan Sinclair said older people with diabetes were “often overlooked and over medicated” and it was time to give them the “care and attention” they deserve. Read more.
November: FREESTYLE LIBRE AVAILABLE ON NHS
The FreeStyle Libre System became available on the NHS on November 1 subject to local health economy approval. Read more.
November: RECORD NUMBERS ATTEND DIABETES PROFESSIONAL CARE 2017
A major diabetes conference received record attendance numbers in November as healthcare professionals from across the UK gathered to discuss diabetes care and share good practice.
December: PARLIAMENTARY MEETING DISCUSSES DIABETES NURSING QUALIFICATION
The topic of recruitment and retention of diabetes specialist nurses (DSNs) was discussed at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Diabetes meeting.
TREND-UK, a leading organisation for diabetes nurses, got the opportunity to voice their concerns about the specialist role and how there is currently no single defining qualification for the job. Read more.
December: U-TURN ON DRIVING BAN FOR NOCTURNAL HYPOS
It was revealed that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will overturn a ban on drivers with diabetes who have severe nocturnal hypoglycaemia from January 1, 2018. Read more.
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