Scottish Diabetes Survey 2015 published

The annual Scottish Diabetes Survey collates data submitted by all 14 NHS Boards on the number of people with diabetes, the effects on their health and the progress being made to improve the delivery and outcomes of care for diabetes. The Survey enables NHS Boards to examine trends over time, benchmark their performance with other areas of the country and identify any issues for investigation or improvement.

The Survey shows more people than ever before have had a blood glucose measurement and eye screening, and we have significantly increased the number of people accessing insulin pump therapy. As in previous years, the Survey also shows an ongoing increase in the prevalence of diabetes without a definite increase in the incidence of Type 2 Diabetes.

One aim of the 2014 Diabetes Improvement Plan is to enable more dynamic and local use of the information available within SCI-Diabetes. We have put in place a mechanism to automatically provide quarterly feedback to NHS Boards of important aspects of diabetes care. A sample of these reports is described in this survey.

You can access the survey here.

Scottish Diabetes Survey 2014 published

The annual Scottish Diabetes Survey collates data submitted by all 14 NHS Boards on the number of people with diabetes, the effects on their health and the progress being made to improve the delivery and outcomes of care for diabetes. The Survey enables NHS Boards to examine trends over time, benchmark their performance with other areas of the country and identify any issues for investigation or improvement.

The 2014 survey shows that there are more people than ever before living with diabetes having their HbA1c recorded, having their foot score measured and accessing retinopathy screening. There has also been an increase in the number of people with good glucose control, and a decrease in the number of people with poor glucose control.

The survey also highlights some challenges for NHS Scotland. The number of people with diabetes continues to increase, increasing organisational and resource pressures on Boards. The high prevalence of smoking in the diabetes population that is already at very high risk of cardiovascular disease also continues to be of concern.

The Survey will also assist the Scottish Diabetes Group in understanding progress with the Diabetes Improvement Plan. We therefore expect to build on the messages the Survey gives us to further improve the quality of diabetes care in Scotland and help ensure that people with diabetes in Scotland receive world class, safe, effective and person centred care.

You can access the survey here.

New document supporting Type 1 diabetes in education launched

New guidance will be issued to schools and parents from this week to help them support children with Type 1 diabetes.

It comes as the annual Scottish Diabetes Survey, published this weekend, shows the number of cases of Type 1 diabetes continues to rise. The number of people with Type 1 diabetes has increased from 26,294 in 2006 to 29,251 in 2014 – an increase of 11.3 per cent.

The new guidelines – Supporting Children and Young People with Type 1 Diabetes in Education - set out the responsibilities of local councils, schools, parents and young people. It includes advice on exam planning, injecting and storing insulin, blood glucose monitoring, eating, and physical activity in school.

The guidance brings together, for the first time, some of the best policies that are in place around Scotland. It has been produced in collaboration with teachers, parents, young people and healthcare professionals, and will be distributed to schools and colleges throughout Scotland. It will also be available online.

The booklet has been produced by the Childhood & Adolescent Subgroup of the Scottish Diabetes Group and Diabetes Scotland, with funding from the Scottish Government.

According to the Scottish Diabetes Survey there were 3,733 under 20s with Type 1 diabetes in Scotland at the end of 2013, and 1,860 under 15. The total number of people with diabetes is 268,154, of which 29,261 have type 1, 10.9 per cent of the total.

The increase of Type 1 cases reflects the rising incidence in children, and that people with the condition are now living longer. Type 1 is primarily an inherited condition.

The Scottish Government is taking a number of steps to deal with the increased cases of Type 1 diabetes, mainly focused on early diagnosis and improving access to insulin treatments.

Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health, said: “This new set of guidelines is a clear and accessible way for teachers and parents to get the information they need about how to care for children with Type 1 diabetes.

“There’s no reason why a child with diabetes shouldn’t play a full and active role in school life. However, it’s vital that teachers, parents and young people know how to prevent any problems, and that’s why these guidelines will be so useful.

“Cases of Type 1 diabetes are rising in most western countries, and Scotland is no exception. That’s why this document, and all our other work in this area, is so important in improving the health of people living with type 1 diabetes in Scotland.

Claire Judson, National Director of Diabetes Scotland, said “It is a human right for children to be able to access education and not miss a day’s school. The care of children with Type 1 diabetes is a team effort, which requires all participants to play an active part in ensuring that that the child or young person has the best possible start in life and can succeed for the future. This document highlights the responsibilities of each of the partners involved to give a complete picture of what is needed so that children and young people with Type 1 diabetes are healthy and safe.

“I hope that all schools and local authorities will use this guidance in collaboration with children, parents and paediatric diabetes teams, so that children can manage their condition and receive the appropriate provision of care. Education is the gateway to a healthier adult life and creating opportunities for the future.”

New Diabetes Education Scotland website launched

The Diabetes Education Scotland website has been developed by the National Education Co-Ordinator for Diabetes in consultation with the post’s steering group and the Diabetes Education Advisory Group.

New course - Diabetes and Insulin Pump Therapy (Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion)

This new online course will be suitable for Health Care Professionals who come into contact with insulin pump-users, and who want to gain an understanding of this increasingly popular technology.

The aim of the course is to develop theoretical knowledge, practical skills and an awareness of the patient perspective, relating to management of Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII) therapy. See course flyer page for more details.

Ketocard now available

Guidance card for Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA).


FRAME e-learning resource now available

The Foot Risk Awareness and Management Education (FRAME) e-learning resource commissioned by the Scottish Diabetes Group, is now available here.

This will help standardise evidence based diabetes foot screenings performed by Health Care Professionals/workers across NHS Scotland.

The website aims to provide an interactive way of learning and uses animations and case scenarios. There is an assessment involving case scenarios at the end of this module which the learner may opt to undertake and which, if passed, gives a certificate of completion.

The module will be of particular interest to primary care colleagues as it will help support achievement of the new GP QOF indicators on foot examination to improve diabetes-related foot care and improve patients' outcomes.

Diabetes Action Plan 2010 Progress Reports published

Progress reports against the Diabetes Action Plan 2010 have now been published. The reports can be viewed here.

Diabetes Action Plan delivers quality care

An action plan setting out a three-year vision for improving the health and wellbeing of people with diabetes has been published. Read the news release here

SNDRí Paediatric Carbohydrate Counting Resource publication

The Scottish Nutrition and Diet Resources Initiative (SNDRí) and the Scottish Diabetes Group (SDG) are delighted to announce the publication of the SNDRí Paediatric Carbohydrate Counting resource. SDG has also bulk bought hardcopies of the resource for health professionals working in Scotland, with SNDRí managing the distribution. To obtain your free hard copies please email the SNDRí office at – or go to the publications page for online access.

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