Around 15 per cent of all hospital beds in the UK are occupied by people with diabetes. People with diabetes admitted to hospital must be cared for by appropriately trained staff, provided with access to a specialist diabetes team and given the choice of self monitoring and managing their own insulin.
Use the following resources and tools to improve inpatient and hospital care for people with diabetes.
This bright idea describes how the Royal Free Hospital created a foot risk assessment tool based on the Ipswich Touch Test. Since introduction of the tool, the percentage of people with diabetes who received a foot risk assessment on admission increased from 6.5 per cent in 2013 to 40 per cent in 2015. Download thetoolfeatured in the bright idea (PDF, 42KB).
Shared practice examples
- Health Foundation and Quality in Carewebsites. For guidance on using remote consultations, see the HSCIC'sfact sheet.
A seven day diabetes service for inpatients and the emergency department in an acute hospital setting, Future Hospital Journal website (2014)This case study describes how the East and North Herts Diabetes Outreach Team (DOT) introduced seven day a week access to diabetes specialists for inpatients. Learn more about the seven day service.This case study describes how the East and North Herts Diabetes Outreach Team (DOT) introduced seven day a week access to diabetes specialists for inpatients. Learn more about the seven day service.