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Fast Track for a Foot Attack: reducing amputations (February 2013)

This report sets out key recommendations for Clinical Commissioning Groups on reducing amputations including: 

  • Setting targets for improvement of footcare services informed by local data
  • Investigating the cause of amputations
  • Establishing multidisciplinary foot care teams and foot protection teams
  • Education and training for health care professionals and people with diabetes
  • Auditing diabetes footcare across the pathway
  • Supporting footcare networks

The recommendations arise from a meeting In October 2012 where people with diabetes, vascular surgeons, podiatrists, diabetologists, commissioners, researchers, policy advisers, GPs and a health economist came together in Westminster to spend a day sharing their expertise and experience of footcare for people with diabetes.

They were all in agreement that achieving rapid access to specialist assessment and treatment for all those with a foot problem would make all the difference in achieving the goal of reducing amputations by 50 per cent over the next five years.

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