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Diabetes charity targets ‘vital’ primary care professionals

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Diabetes UK has re-launched its Primary Care Network in order to deliver more knowledge and advice to practice nurses.

The new-look PCN will offer “independent”and “trustworthy” content including expert videos and a monthly e-newsletter to help practice nurses and GPs keep up-to-date with the latest advances in diabetes care and best practice, said the charity today.

“It is essential that we provide primary healthcare professionals… with the most relevant, up-to-date knowledge and resources that can help them”

Simon O’Neill

The video content provides “practical, hands-on insights” to enable primary healthcare professionals to improve their daily practice and problem solving skills, it added.

Simon O’Neill, Diabetes UK’s director of health intelligence and professional liaison, said: “We have talked to a lot of primary healthcare professionals to understand what information and resources they would find most helpful.

“It is essential that we provide primary healthcare professionals, who play a vital role in the care of people with diabetes, with the most relevant, up-to-date knowledge and resources that can help them to improve the lives of their patients,” he said.

Helen Lee, a practice nurse from Doncaster, has contributed to the first of the relaunched network’s expert video about diagnosis.

She “strongly urged anyone working in primary care to take another look” at the network, noting that it offered”lots of practical tips and advice” to help support patients.

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