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Healthcare professional competency frameworks in diabetes

Diabetes care can be complex, often requiring high levels of knowledge and skills. There is now growing evidence that people with diabetes may not be seeing health care professionals with the required skills and knowledge.

Diabetes UK is concerned that no mechanism currently exists to ensure that people with diabetes see health staff with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes that are conducive to quality care, and that patients may be at increased risk of acute or long term complications as a result.

The aim of this position statement is to make recommendations that can guide those involved in commissioning either health care professional education or health services to lessen the risks to people with diabetes from health staff without the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes.

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