Expert Panel Issue Diabetes Care Recommendations

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A new panel of diabetes experts has announced the launch of its White Paper, which sets out seven recommendations following an extensive review of diabetes care.

The IDEAL (Insights for Diabetes Excellence, Access and Learning) Group is made up of a multidisciplinary panel of experienced diabetes specialists and was established to review current practice across the NHS.

The White Paper titled Safety and Accuracy – Improving Care Pathways with Optimised Glucose Monitoring highlights issues such as the safety and accuracy of glucose monitoring devices and the importance of education and patient self-management.

Furthermore, the paper emphasises the benefits of sharing best practice to improve patient outcomes and cost efficiencies across the NHS.

The IDEAL Group is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Ascensia Diabetes Care, who will be exhibiting at the Diabetes Professional Care (DPC) conference and exhibition on 14 & 15 November. 

The seven recommendations based on the paper are:

  1. Provision and sharing of models of best practice for the optimisation of glucose monitoring that can be tailored to individual CCGs to reduce variances;
  2. Increasing access, availability, funding, and attendance for ongoing structured diabetes education for healthcare professionals and people with diabetes, tailored to the needs of the people with diabetes to enable better self-management of their condition;
  3. Engaging with people with diabetes in innovative ways of utilising existing healthcare professionals and novel approaches such as evidence-based digital solutions and applications to improve lifestyle behaviour and medication adherence for those who choose to use them;
  4. Improvement of key performance indicators used to measure outcomes by healthcare professionals;
  5. Providing appropriate access to currently available high-quality blood glucose monitoring technology for all people with diabetes across the care pathways with expert advice and support;
  6. Developing rational and safe regulations for the performance criteria of continuous and flash glucose monitoring devices;
  7. Ensuring appropriate blood glucose monitoring regulations are upheld, and the means of safeguarding the compliance of CE-marked devices to these standards are established.

John Grumitt, Chief Executive Officer, Changing Health; Vice President, Diabetes UK; Trustee, C3 Collaborating for Health and IDEAL Group Chair said, “Highlighting the importance of education and ensuring people with diabetes have access to the right tools for glucose monitoring that allow them to effectively self-manage is hugely important. Improving the safety and accuracy of optimising glucose monitoring is critical to enable better diabetes management. We are looking to improve outcomes for people with diabetes and ensure that the NHS is supported to be able to provide the best possible care.”

Speaking at Diabetes Professional Care 2018 (DPC2018), John Grumitt and Professor Katharine Barnard, Professor of Health Psychology, Bournemouth University will highlight key issues facing diabetes care across NHS England and identify areas for sharing of best practice for improved outcomes and cost-effectiveness in their session titled ‘Innovation in care – cranking up care pathways for better outcomes in diabetes management’.

Outcomes data will be presented and discussed to create meaningful examples of where best-practice exists and how that can be effectively shared to enhance care provision and outcomes across all CCGs. Links between patient education and outcomes will be examined alongside healthcare professional education and understanding.

Grumitt will also deliver a session on How to deliver patient self-management and behaviour change at scale; 2017-18 outcome data with key lessons for the NHS where he will present findings on digital education for people with type 2 diabetes and behaviour change techniques.

DPC Event Director, Toby Baker said: “We take the time to listen to all the stakeholders in our sector, including patients, healthcare professionals and industry; this enables us to provide relevant and valuable content to our visitors.

“We urge anyone who has an interest in diabetes to attend DPC2018, even if it’s just for a few hours. We believe it’s crucial that everyone takes the opportunity to gain knowledge and share experiences with their colleagues and leading practitioners from around the UK.”

DPC2018 is now the biggest national free-to-attend, CPD-accredited diabetes conference and exhibition for healthcare professionals.

Click here to register for your free place at DPC2018.

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