Welcome to Diabetes in Scotland
Diabetes presents a serious health challenge for Scotland. The Scottish Diabetes
Framework published in April 2002 sought to draw together existing guidance and
best practice and to set out the first steps of a 10-year programme to address the
problem of diabetes. This was followed up in 2006 with the Action Plan which came
out of a review of the Framework and set out an ambitious programme for the next
three years. The Scottish Diabetes Group (SDG) is a national Steering Group which coordinates
the implementation of the Framework.
People with Diabetes
One in 20 people in Scotland have diabetes. There were 268,154 people diagnosed with diabetes in Scotland
recorded on local diabetes registers at the end of 2013. This represents 5% of the population. Crude
prevalence of diabetes ranged from 4.34% to 5.8% across NHS Boards. The majority of people living with
diabetes (88.2%) have type 2 diabetes and nearly 11% have type 1 diabetes. There are believed to be
thousands more who have not yet been diagnosed.
Visit NHS Scotland's interactive diabetes website for support for people with
Managed Clinical Networks
Diabetes Managed Clinical Networks (MCN) were established to bring together clinicians,
patients and carers to work across traditional boundaries in planning and delivering
Education & Training
The Diabetes Education Network (DEN), previously known as the Type 1 Education Network
is an established network that many people in Scotland have already used for help and
support when developing diabetes education models in their own areas.
A regional network for Scotland has recently been formed.
Diabetes Improvement Plan
The Scottish Diabetes Improvement Plan is available
The Diabetes Improvement Plan was developed in conjunction with key diabetes stakeholders, clinicians and policy
makers and sets out the direction 85 organisations and many individuals provided helpful responses which were analysed
and collated by the relevant subgroup of the Scottish Diabetes Group. The Improvement Plan continues the work set out
in the 2010 Diabetes Action Plan and contributes to the Scottish Government's Quality Strategy and 2020 Vision for
Health and Social Care.