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
Over 200,000 people in Scotland are known to have diabetes. This represents 4.1%
of the population. There are believed to be thousands more who have not yet been
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.
The Scottish Diabetes Action Plan 2010 is available
here. Action Plan progress reports are available
The Diabetes Action Plan was developed following a wide consultation exercise undertaken
in the summer of 2009. 85 organisations and many individuals provided helpful responses
which were analysed and collated by the relevant subgroup of the Scottish Diabetes Group.
This Action Plan continues the work set out in the 2006 Diabetes Action Plan and contributes
to the Scottish Government's Quality Strategy.