Diabetes inpatient and hospital care

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.



Adapting the Ipswich Touch Test to increase foot risk assessments at the Royal Free Hospital, Diabetes UK (August 2016) (PDF, 363KB)

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 the tool featured in the bright idea (PDF, 42KB).


Share your work

Have you improved care for people with diabetes?

Tell us more by emailing sharedpractice@diabetes.org.uk