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Nurses need improved diabetes education

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Sixty per cent of CCGs do not fund specific diabetes education for healthcare professionals, states research from Diabetes UK.

This includes nurses, doctors and other health professionals. On top of this, almost half of all CCGs do not assign time for their healthcare professionals, to undertake diabetes-related training or development.

For non-diabetes specialists, such as those working in primary care or nursing staff in residential care homes, the current system does not provide training or assess skills in diabetes.

Simon O'Neill, director of health and intelligence and professional liaison at Diabetes UK, said: 'While we appreciate that some CCGs are setting examples of good practice in diabetes training provision, the current revalidation process does not go far enough in identifying or improving these skills which is why we want to see a national diabetes competency framework. This could not only mean better outcomes for people living with this condition but could save money in the long-term as it will help staff understand the need for early intervention and how to prevent complications caused by diabetes.'

Diabetes UK has identified that nurses will soon have to be revalidated every three years, to ensure that their knowledge and skills are up to date and this will include specialist knowledge of some clinical areas.

Diabetes UK have created a series of resources that can be accessed by healthcare professionals

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