How confident are your workforce in understanding diabetic footcare or spotting and treating a hypoglycaemic event?
“Access to good quality diabetes education and training for care home staff” is one of the elements of “good diabetes care” as laid out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Diabetes affects around 25% of residents in care homes (residential and nursing) and 15% or more in mental health care facilities.
Last year a review was published in ‘Diabetic Medicine’ where the authors had reviewed multiple studies carried out over 25 years involving care home residents with diabetes. It resulted in leading experts concluding that diabetes care in care homes still remains “fragmented” and that steps need to be taken to ensure the “health and dignity” of older people. They also commented that care homes “often do not meet national standards” of diabetes care and staff training is “patchy”.
World Diabetes Day is a global campaign which was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organisation and takes place on the 14th November every year (the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922).
The theme for this year and 2019 is 'The Family and Diabetes'. One in every two people with diabetes is undiagnosed. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to helping prevent or delay life-threatening complications. Find out more, including ideas of how to participate, at https://www.worlddiabetesday.org/