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Agreement set to boost diabetes care

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A landmark diabetes funding agreement is set to improve the level of care which each child and young person in England with diabetes receives.

Top paediatric doctors, commissioners and nurses, all worked in partnership with NHS Diabetes to set the ‘Best Practice Tariff for Paediatric Diabetes’.

The guide set out 13 mandatory standards for paediatric diabetes care that service teams must meet. If providers can show they can meet the standards, they will qualify for more funding.

Those local services who cannot meet the levels of care will be offered support to improve, but may have their funding withdrawn if they do not reach the stated level by April next year.

Dr Tabitha Randell, NHS Diabetes Paediatric Network Clinical Lead and Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, led the initiative.

She said: “Our Paediatric Diabetes Networks have been working hard with the Department of Health’s PbR2 team over the past 18 months to ensure the introduction of our tariff.

“Looking to the long term, we hope the changes to the financial levers will lead to an improvement in the care and outcomes for children and young people with diabetes.

“This should then result in a reduction in costs to the service, in levels of emergency hospital admissions among children with type 1 diabetes, and in the incidence of life-changing, yet often preventable, complications associated with the condition.”

Director of NHS Diabetes, Anna Morton, said: “We are encouraging all paediatric providers, particularly those in poor performing areas, to engage with us to ensure our standards are met, and that every child, no matter where they live, receives the care and support they deserve.”

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