Led by Jiten Vora, the Defining a Specialist Diabetes Service Task and Finish Group produced a publication outlining the requirements people with diabetes have from an integrated service. The final report “Commissioning Specialist Diabetes Services for Adults With Diabetes” defines and draws together the various components and roles to assist managers, commissioners and healthcare professionals responsible for the delivery of diabetes services.
Focussing on the fact that diabetes care is complex and touches upon every part of the health service, and diabetes is a condition which calls for a wide mixture of professional care from a variety of professional disciplines, the report outlines how the right care can be delivered in the right place at the right time as part of an integrated adult service.
The following areas are focussed on as part of the document:
- Organisation of Core Components of Care for the Whole Healthcare System
- Local Models for Delivering Care for Adults with Diabetes
- The Role Of Diabetes Specialist Teams
- Contribution of Specialist Diabetes Services to Integrated Diabetes Care
- Intermediate Diabetes Service
- The Role Of Specialist Diabetes Teams in Inpatient Care
- The Role Of Consultant Diabetologists
- The Role of Diabetes Specialist Nurses
- The Role of Diabetes Specialist Dietitians
- Components of a Transitional/ Young Person’s Diabetes Service
- The Diabetes Specialist Pharmacist
- Components of a Specialist Diabetic Pregnancy Service
- Components of a Specialist Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion Service
- Components of Specialist Psychological Services for People With Diabetes
- Components of a Diabetes Renal Service
- Components of a Specialist Diabetic Foot Service
- Components of a Specialist Ophthalmology Service
This guide should be used as a key document when considering how diabetes expertise and support can be built into a model of care.