DH says diabetes care continues to improve17th February 2010
A report from the Department of Health says care for people with diabetes has continued to improve.
Among the items highlighted in the sixth annual progress report is the completion within the last year of the first survey to establish how many children and young people have diabetes in England.
Six Years On: Delivering the Diabetes National Service Framework updates progress made since the NSF for Diabetes was developed in 2001, setting out national standards of care for people with diabetes.
The survey of children and young people with diabetes was carried out in partnership with the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health, NHS Diabetes Information Service and many other stakeholders.
It showed an accurate figure of 22,947 people under the age of 18 living with diabetes in England, the vast majority of cases being type 1 diabetes.
The data is now being used to help the NHS gear its services for young people with the condition.
National Clinical Director for Diabetes Dr Rowan Hillson said: “This report reflects on the excellent progress being made in treating diabetes in England but there is still more work to be done.
“In the next year I hope to see more focus on working with patients to help them understand and manage their diabetes more effectively and improve their health.”
Another change has been the expansion of the former National Diabetes Support Team to create NHS Diabetes, which now has a dedicated regional programme manager in every Strategic Health Authority to support high standards in diabetes care across the NHS.
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Title: DH says diabetes care continues to improve
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 14089
Date Added: 17th Feb 2010