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Making Hospitals Safe for People with Diabetes

Friday 1 February 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Making Hospitals Safe for People with Diabetes

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This conference focuses on making hospitals safe for people with diabetes – improving inpatient diabetes care.

“Every stay for someone with diabetes in hospital should be safe. At the moment it’s not. Lets change that” Making Hospitals Safe for People with Diabetes 2018

“Over a million people with diabetes were admitted to hospital in England in 2017. We know that 92%1 of them were not admitted because of their diabetes. A hospital stay for a person with diabetes can be a frightening experience and it is easy to understand why. In 2017, an estimated 9,600 people required rescue treatment after falling into a coma following a severe hypoglycaemic attack. An unacceptable 2,200 people suffered from Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) due to under treatment with insulin” Making Hospitals Safe for People with Diabetes 2018

“Inpatient care for diabetes costs the NHS £2.5 billion. That’s 11% of the entire budget spent on inpatient care.” Making Hospitals Safe for People with Diabetes 2018

“Diabetes inpatient teams have expressed grave concerns that little is being done to address diabetes errors because, put simply, patients don’t always die. It is not acceptable that some trusts are seeing patient harm and death as the only reason for improvement.” Making Hospitals Safe for People with Diabetes 2018

Data from the latest National Diabetes Inpatient Audit which measures the quality of care provided to people with diabetes while they are admitted to hospital whatever the cause, states that:

  • Around 1 in 6 hospital beds are occupied by a person with diabetes (18 per cent). 1 in 15 of the total population have diabetes (7 per cent)
  • More than a quarter of hospital sites report no dedicated diabetes inpatient specialist nurses (DISNs) (28 per cent)
  • One fifth of hospital sites do not have a multi-disciplinary footcare team (MDFT) (20 per cent), though this proportion has reduced from 42 per cent in 2011
  • Almost one third of inpatients with diabetes have a medication error during their hospital stay (31 per cent) National Diabetes Inpatient Audit, NHS Digital 2018


This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve safety for people with diabetes in hospital
  • Learn from outstanding practice in inpatient care of people with diabetes
  • Reflect on national developments and learning from the National Diabetes Inpatient Audit
  • Improve the training and education of frontline staff
  • Develop your skills in improving insulin safety
  • Understand how you can improve the recognition and management of hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia
  • Identify key strategies for meeting the NICE national quality standard for diabetic foot ulcers in hospital
  • Ensure you are up to date with the latest evidence
  • Developing your skills in Root cause analysis,  investigation and learning from diabetes patient safety incidents
  • Self-assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

100% of delegates at our previous conference on this subject would recommend it to a colleague

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