Nationwide survey will ‘give a voice’ to nurses at the heart of diabetes care

Nurses who are “the backbone of the NHS” are being asked to have their say on prescribing practice within diabetes nursing.

The survey also explores confidence within their practice when caring for people with chronic kidney disease.

Trend Diabetes, an organisation that supports all nurses working in diabetes care has launched a nationwide questionnaire; the survey consists of eight questions designed to establish the latest trends in diabetes nursing. It covers prescribing and asks whether nurses treating those with diabetes use Trend Diabetes’ resources.

The 2020 Trend Diabetes survey follows on from the England-wide 2019 DSN Audit, which found there were 1,872 nurses dedicated to diabetes care, with 1,831 at Band 5 or over (registered nurses).

Co-Chair June James said: “Nurses play a critical role in the care of people with diabetes. Not only do they have an understanding of complex diabetes problems, but they very often support people with the condition emotionally too.

“Our surveys are pivotal in gaining an understanding of how nurses across the country feel about the state of their profession when it comes to diabetes care and once we’ve collected the findings we can start to analyse where things might need to change or improve.

Co-Chair Debbie Hicks added: “We know through our work with nurses up and down the country that the people in these roles have a voice and want to use it. They are, after all, the backbone of the NHS and at the heart of diabetes care, so what better way than to launch a dedicated survey asking nurses about their prescribing practices and confidence relating to this. Change can only be implemented once where we know where it’s needed.”

The findings will be unveiled at Trend Diabetes’ first virtual National Conference taking place on the afternoons of Friday 2 and 9 October 2020.

Each meeting involves a bespoke programme and features expert speakers from a variety of specialist areas within diabetes care.Prior registration for the event is required.

To register for Friday, October 2, click here.

To register for Friday, October 9, click here.

To take part in the survey, click here.

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