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New footcare services commissioning framework

A new National Minimum Skills Framework for the commissioning of footcare services for people with diabetes has been developed.

Foot in Diabetes UK, Diabetes UK, the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists, the Primary Care Diabetes Society and the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists have worked in partnership to produce this document.

Standards for the delivery of high quality footcare have already been defined by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in 2004. This new skills framework aims to help local service providers to deliver high-quality footcare services for people with diabetes.

“This is a very important tool that will help ensure that people with diabetes receive the appropriate footcare,” said Zoe Harrison, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.

"People with diabetes are more at risk of nerve damage, ulcers and amputations of the foot.

“With the right education and care these complications can be avoided. It is essential that people with diabetes have their legs and feet examined by a healthcare professional with the appropriate skills at least once a year.”

Louise Stuart, Diabetes UK Professional Advisory Council Executive and Consultant Podiatrist, said, “We are confident that this Framework provides a supportive and robust quality assurance mechanism to enable those involved in service delivery to ensure that care is given by appropriately skilled health care professionals.”

The new National Minimum Skills Framework for the commissioning of footcare services for people with diabetes can be downloaded on the right.

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