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Among people with diabetes, foot complications are common. Overall, 2040 per cent of people with diabetes are estimated to have neuropathy and about 2.5 per cent, approximately 59,000 people, are estimated to have a foot ulcer at any given time. Diabetic foot disease is estimated to account for 20 per cent of the total cost of diabetes care in the UK.
How does the footcare network support you?
NHS Diabetes will be launching a national footcare network which will work with individuals healthcare professionals and partner organisations to improve the quality of foot care services for people with diabetes across primary, community and acute settings. The network will have representation from foot care champions (typically a podiatrist and clinician) from each region in England (North, South, Midlands and London).
The network aims are:
- To establish a national network of clinicians and commissioners of service to promote improvement in diabetic foot care through communication and shared learning
- To support the development of systems and processes that would contribute to ongoing improvement in foot care for people with diabetes in primary, community and acute sectors.
The network objectives are as follows:
- Clearly identify existing inequalities in care provision in different geographical and clinical settings.
- Promote examples of best clinical practice and evidence based interventions to ensure that all people with diabetic foot disease receive the right treatment at the right time from appropriately skilled health care professional.
- Establish a list of priorities for diabetic foot disease that address the key issues of patient safety, hospital avoidance and improved standards of care which will form a dashboard for the regional champions to benchmark and monitor service improvement.
- Support the production of resources in order to implement and embed the outputs addressed in the dashboard
- Develop a communication and knowledge management plan which is informed by principles of equality and non-discrimination policy and is also applicable to people with diabetes from minority ethnic groups.
- Develop a simple but effective diabetes foot examination and assessment education resource that can be employed widely, for screening diabetic foot disease, within community, primary and acute care sectors: this will form part of the diabetic foot care toolkit.
- Maintain active links with the National Foot Audit and use audit results to develop work programmes for improving outcomes for diabetic foot care services.
- Promote cultural change in how people with diabetic foot disease are cared for in all health and care settings.
How to get involved
If you would like more information about our footcare network please contact Leena Sevak.
- February 2013 - North West
- January 2013 - South West
- December 2012
- May 2012
- February 2012 (Word 751.6KB)
- December 2011 (Word 186.4KB)
- Patient advice and information leaflets on footcare
- 50% fewer amputations by 2018 - National Footcare Network sets key objective at launch meeting
- Dr Gerry Rayman and team wins at the HSJ Awards 2012
- Commissioning intentions for footcare (PDF 37.2KB) -This document was produced by the North East Diabetes Footcare Network at the request of a Diabetes Clinical Advisory Group. The aim was to help commissioners to focus their attention to areas which would produce the most impact to enable excellent quality footcare service provision and ultimately reduce amputations.
- Report: Putting Feet First - fast track for a foot attack, reducing amputations, Feb 2013 (PDF 656KB)
- Report: Footcare for People with Diabetes: The Economic Case for Change (PDF 1.8MB)
- Diabetes Footcare Activity Profiles
- Commissioninrg diabetes footcare services (PDF 2.6MB)
- Putting Feet First: National Minimum Skills Framework (PDF 335KB)
- Diabetes UK Putting Feet First