Diabetes: Professional Resources

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RCN online learning: Diabetes Essentials

Diabetes is a common condition affecting all aspects of an individual’s life. Associated complications can be costly. They also have a significant effect on the person's quality of life. With the help and support of nursing staff the condition can be managed. Self-management skills are an essential part of diabetes care for every patient. Nursing staff working at all levels are key to promoting self-management skills. They link all aspects of diabetes care, signposting people to further help if required.

Diabetes Essentials is designed to provide you with an overview of:
  • the core concepts of diabetes
  • diagnosis and current treatments
  • your role and responsibilities in regard to treating people living with diabetes. 

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Diabetes resources


Diabetic Foot Screening Interactive Assessment. This tool has been designed to be used by health and social care professionals who care for people with diabetes with the aim to improve screening practices and increase prompt and appropriate referrals to the diabetes specialist foot services. 


The Joint British Diabetes Society offers an array of practical guidelines that can be adopted/adjusted to meet local need.

NICE diabetes guidance: This webpage includes everything NICE has produced on the topic of diabetes: related NICE guidelines; pathways; quality standards and advice. There is guidance for adults, children and young people, diabetes in pregnancy, footcare; type 1 and 2 diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes. (England and Wales).

SIGN. Management of Diabetes. These guidelines (116 & 154) provide recommendations based on current evidence for best practice in the management of diabetes.

TREND UK is a working group of diabetes nurses with different skills and backgrounds, providing a collective voice for all diabetes nursing groups. Resources include patient education materials, best practice guidance and competency frameworks.

Further resources

Diabetes.co.uk is a growing community of people with diabetes and those with an interest in the condition, offering their own support and first-hand knowledge.

Diabetes UK is the leading charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes.

Diabetes UK. Do It Yourself (DIY) closed loop for pepole living with Type 1 diabetes- position statement.  

Diabetes UK: State of the nation 2016: Time to take control of diabetes. This report sets out actions to improve the delivery of the 15 healthcare essentials for adults with diabetes, and to improve care for children and young people. It makes calls to NHS England, local commissioners, GPs and other NHS providers to improve care and support for people with diabetes and on the prevention of Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes UK: Diabetes and emotional health - a practical guide for healthcare professionals supporting adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. This guide offers strategies and tools for how to recognise and have conversations about emotional problems, as well as for providing appropriate support.

Diabetes UK: Putting feet first campaignThis campaign aims to bring an end to the thousands of potentially preventable amputations affecting people with diabetes.

Diabetes UK: 15 healthcare essentials: There are 15 vital checks and services that everyone with diabetes, whatever type, should get for free from their healthcare team – the 15 healthcare essentials.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Fundation funds research to cure, treat and prevent type 1. They work with government, academia and industry to accelerate research in the UK and within healthcare policy to ensure that the outcomes of research are delivered to people with type 1 in the UK.

The International Diabetes Federation is an umbrella organization of over 230 national diabetes associations in 170 countries. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk.

NHS Choices: Diabetes. This webpage provides comprehensive health information on diabetes.

NHS England. NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHSDPP). The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) identifies those at high risk and refers them onto a behaviour change programme. The NHS DPP is a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK. Diabetes Prevention Programme 2017-18 - report update.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): On The Level: Evidence for action on type 2 diabetes. This review brings together NIHR research on each aspect of type 2 diabetes care and features 35 published studies, 19 ongoing studies, questions for patients and health professionals, and patient voices.

NIHR Signals. Here you can sign up for diabetes related research alerts.

WHO Diabetes programmeThis programme aims to prevent diabetes whenever possible and, where not possible, to minimize complications and maximize quality of life. Core functions are to set norms and standards, promote surveillance, encourage prevention, raise awareness and strengthen prevention and control.

Page last updated - 02/10/2020