The essential checks and services that people with diabetes should be offered and receive every year are known as the 15 Healthcare Essentials (PDF, 90KB).
On this page, you will find resources that will help make sure that patients get the checks they're entitled to and see the right healthcare professionals to help them manage their condition.
Watch the videos below by Dr Stephen Lawrence, Diabetes UK’s Primary Care Medical Advisor, who offers tips and advice for other healthcare professionals on delivering the 15 Healthcare Essentials. Stephen is also Clinical Lead for Diabetes at the RCGP.
How to make patients aware of the 15 Healthcare Essentials
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- Our15 Healthcare Essentials A5 flyer(PDF, 66KB) is a great resource to give to patients so they are aware of the checks and services they should be getting.
- The15 Healthcare Essentials poster for displaying in waiting areas and clinics.
- 15 Healthcare Essentials: Campaigning for better diabetes care (PDF, 3.06 MB) shows the impact that the campaign has had.
- An accessible version of our 15 Healthcare Essentials in pictorial format (PDF, 4.2MB)
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