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Pharmacy and medicines in diabetes care

As well as making lifestyles changes, people with diabetes often need additional treatments such as medication to control their diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol. They should be provided with the right information, advice and support by appropriately trained healthcare professionals.

Use the following resources and tools to improve the management, administration and optimisation of medicines for people with diabetes.

Publications

How to: manage insulin administration in the community, Diabetes UK (February 2016) (PDF, 242KB)

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How to: manage insulin administration in the community, Diabetes UK (February 2016) (PDF, 242KB)

This how to guide provides practical, step-by-step information for managing insulin administration in community settings. Part 1 includes how to review the community diabetes caseload and identify how care can be improved. Part 2 includes how to develop and implement an insulin delegation programme.

Essential reading

  • Right insulin, right time, right dose for Type 2 diabetes, a toolkit for optimal delivery, Health Innovation Network South London website (July 2015)

    This toolkit provides a background to the importance of early and appropriate medication intensification and use of the right Insulin at the right Time at the right Dose. It exposes the myths about insulin therapy and considers why, for the vast majority of people, human intermediate acting insulins are preferable for initiation compared to long and intermediate acting analogue insulins.This toolkit provides a background to the importance of early and appropriate medication intensification and use of the right Insulin at the right Time at the right Dose. It exposes the myths about insulin therapy and considers why, for the vast majority of people, human intermediate acting insulins are preferable for initiation compared to long and intermediate acting analogue insulins.
  • Accountability and delegation, a guide for the nursing team, Royal College of Nursing website (June 2015)

    This guide outlines the principles of accountabilty and delegation, and how they can be applied to any relevant member of the nursing team including health care assistants, assistant practitioners, registered nurses and nursing students.This guide outlines the principles of accountabilty and delegation, and how they can be applied to any relevant member of the nursing team including health care assistants, assistant practitioners, registered nurses and nursing students.
  • Polypharmacy and medicines optimisation, The King's Fund website (November 2013)

    This report explores systems for managing polypharmacy and considers it in the context of multi-morbidity and older people, offering recommendations for improving care in both cases.This report explores systems for managing polypharmacy and considers it in the context of multi-morbidity and older people, offering recommendations for improving care in both cases.
  • Community pharmacists in the frontline, Diabetes Update (2012) (PDF, 260KB)

    This article demonstrates how local community pharmacists can be key players in the successful management of Type 2 diabetes. The article reveals how pharmacy-led intervention can produce real benefit for people with diabetes.This article demonstrates how local community pharmacists can be key players in the successful management of Type 2 diabetes. The article reveals how pharmacy-led intervention can produce real benefit for people with diabetes.

Shared practice examples

  • Insulin administration by non-registered practitioners in Shropshire, The Journal of Diabetes Nursing website (2015)

    This article describes a project in Shropshire aimed at increasing diabetes knowledge levels and skills to support insulin administration in community settings by non-registered practitioners. Access Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust's policy for the administration of insulin by non-registered practitioners (PDF, 796KB).This article describes a project in Shropshire aimed at increasing diabetes knowledge levels and skills to support insulin administration in community settings by non-registered practitioners. Access Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust'spolicy for the administration of insulin by non-registered practitioners (PDF, 796KB).
  • Pharmacist led diabetes support service, Devon Local Pharmaceutical Committee website (December 2013)

    This resource presents the award winning pharmacist led diabetes support service in Devon, an initiative to improve adherence to medicines by providing pharmacists with training in supporting compliance in diabetes. The resource also provides a range of tools and templates for medicines use reviews (MURs).This resource presents the award winning pharmacist led diabetes support service in Devon, an initiative to improve adherence to medicines by providing pharmacists with training in supporting compliance in diabetes. The resource also provides a range of tools and templates for medicines use reviews (MURs).

Resources

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