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National Diabetes Audit

The National Diabetes Audit (NDA) is a major national clinical audit, which measures the effectiveness of diabetes healthcare against NICE Clinical Guidelines and NICE Quality Standards, in England and Wales.

The NDA is delivered by NHS Digital, in partnership with Diabetes UK. It collects and analyses data and produces reports for a range of stakeholders to use to drive changes and improve the quality of services and health outcomes for people with diabetes.

The NDA includes four distinct areas of diabetes care, treatment and outcome. Further information can be found on the NHS Digital website, using the links below:

For more information about the NDA, or to be kept informed of ongoing developments, please email

Now recruiting for volunteers on the NDA advisory groups

Do you want to use your experience of diabetes to help improve diabetes care?   

We're looking for people with diabetes in England and Wales to join our audit advisory groups. You'll be talking with clinicians and researchers about the audit data. You'll discuss the elements of care that are important to people living with diabetes. You'll represent the views of patients on the care provided by health services.

Closing date for applications is Monday 12 October 2020. See the vacancies and how to apply further down.

Maureen, patient representative:

"Being able to participate in the NDA enables me to give back to the NHS for the care I have received. The clinicians do appreciate the contribution that I, as someone with diabetes, can make to the improvements in care we are all striving for. And the meeting chairs make sure our voices are heard as much as the clinicians'. 

This experience has enhanced my confidence and ability to raise and discuss issues in important, high-powered meetings and I’m really glad I took the plunge!"  

Patient representative vacancies

On the advisory groups

These groups give operational guidance for each audit. There are usually 4 meetings a year.  Most of them are held virtually using Microsoft Teams. One meeting a year is held face-to-face in London.

Who are we looking for? For which audit?
A person at risk of diabetes and/or who has been referred to a diabetes prevention programme Non-diabetic hyperglycaemia audit
A young person with diabetes who has moved from paediatric to adult diabetes services within the last 5 years or their parent/carer  National Diabetes Transition Audit

On the expert reference groups

These groups provide guidance for a limited time. They input into feasibility studies for potential new areas of interest and future audits. There will be 3 or 4 virtual meetings between October 2020 and June 2021. 

Who are we looking for? For which audit?
A person with diabetes who has experience of having gestational diabetes Gestational diabetes
A person with diabetes who has received diabetes care whilst in prison or a secure hospital  Prisons and secure hospitals

Additionally, all the patient representatives across every group come together in London twice a year. Under the current circumstances, these meetings are likely to take place virtually. We will reimburse travel expenses in line with our volunteer expenses policy.

Why apply to be a patient representative on the National Diabetes Audit?  

This is a challenging role as it involves reading detailed technical reports and influencing at a high level. However it is a rewarding way for you to be involved in shaping diabetes care at a national level. You'll be participating in discussions with clinicians who truly want to hear the views of people living with diabetes to improve diabetes treatments across the country. You'll increase your own knowledge of what good diabetes care looks like.

Corinne, patient representative:

"Being part of a team that listens and respects the patient viewpoint is rewarding and Diabetes UK has given us excellent support and training where necessary. Being part of the wider NDA team has led to an increase in my knowledge of diabetes care nationally and an increase in the knowledge about living with my own diabetes."

How to apply

Find out more by reading the role descriptions for:

You can apply for one or several of the roles on offer by filling in the form below. Closing date is Monday 12 October 2020.

Complete the application form

We will be in touch by email mid October to let you know whether or not you will be invited to an informal interview. 

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