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Diabetes care 'can be improved by specialist nurses'

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Inpatient diabetes care can be improved if the expertise of specialist nursing teams is used, leading experts have said.

According to the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD), the input from specialist services can improve patients’ experiences, increase safety standards and ensure that taxpayers’ money is being used in the best way possible.

The organisation highlighted two new projects, which are investigating how to use innovative systems to improve patient care.

Flagship schemes in Portsmouth and Buckinghamshire earned peer acclaim for using new initiatives to assess the care of people with diabetes in an acute setting.

The diabetes inpatient prospective service launched by Portsmouth Hospitals Trust was hailed a success in this year’s NHS South Central Health and Social Care Awards.

The initiative reviews all patients with diabetes on a daily basis, in certain pilot areas, to improve patient outcomes. This means shorter stays in hospital, fewer patients needing re-admission to hospital and lower incidence of hospital associated infections.

Louise Meakes, senior specialist diabetes nurse at Buckinghamshire Hospitals, said: “By specialising in diabetes, we have a unique insight into the ways services are provided and how they can be developed. The changes we have introduced to our inpatient intervention service have made such a difference to the ways in which our patients are cared for.”

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