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NICE launch new diabetes quality standard

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has now launched its quality standard for diabetes in adults, which will apply across the NHS in England. The Standard, made up of 13 quality statements, is aimed at patients; those planning, purchasing and monitoring services; and those delivering and providing them.

Their purpose is to define high quality care and be used:

  • to inform the planning of services
  • to provide people with information about what care they should expect to receive
  • to support healthcare professionals to provide evidenced based care
  • to support the assessment of existing practice and service improvement.

The government has identified the significant role they will play in informing the planning and delivery of high quality care in England, outlining their role in the NHS White Paper and the Health and Social Care Bill.

Improved diabetes care

Barbara Young, Chief Executive at Diabetes UK, said: “We welcome the development of this NICE Quality Standard for diabetes. All the statements cover important aspects of diabetes care. We are particularly pleased with the inclusion of statements that reflect the importance of individually tailored care and the involvement of the person with diabetes both in decision making and their own care; recognising their expertise. Examples of these include the statements on care planning, structured education, and individually tailored HbA1c and psychological wellbeing.

“Of course we would like more, as the standard does not cover all aspects of diabetes care. We understand that children will be covered in a separate standard, and urge that this and other aspects of the diabetes pathway are prioritised for standard development so there is a full suite of quality statements for diabetes available to inform commissioners and service providers, and support the goal of integrated services.

“The Standard challenges and supports commissioners and service providers to deliver on high quality care, and they must be effectively monitored on their achievement. The Standard should contain further measures reflecting quality of life and patient experience. These outcomes must be measured to drive quality service improvement informed by the voice of the patient.”

More information 

To read the quality standards in full,visit the NICE website.  

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