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28 Aug 2012
Audit of care home diabetes care starts
A drive to improve the quality of diabetes care in care homes has been launched.
The first ever Care Home Diabetes Audit will assess the level of diabetes care provided in residential and nursing homes in England. More than a quarter of residents are thought to have diabetes.
Care homes owners are being encouraged to take part in the survey to examine current diabetes procedures and practices, and to inform the development of future quality standards that could be used by the Care Quality Commission.
The national initiative is being led by the Institute of Diabetes for Older People and the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists, with the support of groups including the Royal College of Nursing and Diabetes UK.
Audit questionnaires will be sent to care homes across the country. A summary of the key findings will be available to participants.
A recent pilot carried out in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire revealed significant variations in access to diabetes training and education for care home staff, as well as evidence of inconsistent documentation, including specific policies for the management of diabetes.
For more on this see the Nursing Times website.