The All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes, which Keith chairs, held a meeting on Wednesday into the future of diabetes inpatient care.
The Group heard evidence from Lesley Doherty, a Type 1 Diabetic patient, Dr Gerry Rayman, National Diabetes Inpatient Audit Lead, Dr Mayank Patel, Consultant Diabetologist, University Hospital Southampton, Dr Kath Higgins, Consultant in Diabetes Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester Trust, Dr Partha Kar, Associate National Clinical Director for Diabetes at NHS England and Professor Mike Sampson, Chair of Inpatient Group, Joint British Diabetes Societies
One in six hospital beds are occupied by a person with diabetes. Because of poor management and a lack of training for staff about how to care for people with diabetes, a large number of these patients develop complications whilst in hospital that can lead to a longer length of stay.
There are however areas of improvement and many examples of good practice to learn from. The latest National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NaDIA) report has pointed to reductions in the incidence of hypoglycemic episodes and the development of foot ulcers. However, medication errors are still common and there is a need to improve staffing levels and patient experiences.
The APPG for Diabetes will be producing a report that will look at what can be done to improve inpatient diabetes care in the future.