The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has launched a draft Quality Standard for diabetes, affecting the NHS in England.
The Quality Standard, which covers the care of adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes but not the management of those who are pregnant or have gestational diabetes, is to describe high quality care.
Once finalised, the standard can be used to assess existing practice and support service improvement. The quality statements can be used to inform the planning of services, inform people of what care they should expect to receive and support healthcare professionals to provide evidenced based care.
Delivery of high quality care
Stella Valerkou, Senior Policy Officer at Diabetes UK, said: “The NHS White Paper has signalled a significant role for the NICE Quality Standards. With diabetes affecting over 2.3 million adults in England, it is imperative the NICE Quality Standard for diabetes underpins the delivery of high quality care that supports people with diabetes to self manage their condition, reduces their risk of developing the complications, and supports effective management of these should they develop.”
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The draft standard is out for consultation until theand Diabetes UK will be responding.