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Frontline training programme on diabetes ‘improves patient safety’

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A concise training programme aimed at informing healthcare staff about diabetes has the potential to significantly improve patient safety, according to researchers.

The programme, which was developed by the North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups, has been linked with a reduction in diabetes-related errors.

The Diabetes 10 Point Training Programme was initially created with the aim of improving inpatient safety by ensuring frontline staff have access to diabetes training.

Researchers from the CCG collaboration noted that the annual National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NaDIA) had made for “grim reading with errors, harm, increased length of stay and mortality”.

They highlighted that a workforce with knowledge of diabetes was “crucial to inpatient safety”, and said that complex diabetes care could be delivered by non-specialists with adequate training.

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Source: Nursing Times, 29 April. 2021

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