Useful resources

RCN resources

RCN clinical topic – Diabetes

RCN Diabetes Forum

RCN Library and Heritage Centre

Diabetes Subject guide


The Joint British Diabetes Society
This offers an array of practical guidelines that can be adopted/adjusted to meet local need.

NICE diabetes guidance
This webpage includes everything NICE has produced on the topic of diabetes: related NICE guidelines; pathways; quality standards and advice. There is guidance for adults, children and young people, diabetes in pregnancy, footcare; type 1 and 2 diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes. (England and Wales)

SIGN (2010) Management of Diabetes
This guideline provides recommendations based on current evidence for best practice in the management of diabetes

This is a working group of diabetes nurses with different skills and backgrounds, providing a collective voice for all diabetes nursing groups. Resources include patient education materials, best practice guidance and competency frameworks.

Further resources

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes
This is a cross-party interest group of UK parliamentarians who have a shared interest in raising the profile of diabetes, its prevention and improving the quality of treatment and care for people living with diabetes
This is a growing community of people with diabetes and those with an interest in the condition, offering their own support and first-hand knowledge

Diabetes UK
This is the leading charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes

Diabetes UK: State of the nation 2016: Time to take control of diabetes
This report sets out actions to improve the delivery of the 15 healthcare essentials for adults with diabetes, and to improve care for children and young people. It makes calls to NHS England, local commissioners, GPs and other NHS providers to improve care and support for people with diabetes and on the prevention of Type 2 diabetes. Amanda Cheesley, the RCN's professional lead for long term conditions and end of life care has written a commentary on the report.

Diabetes UK: Putting feet first campaign
This campaign aims to bring an end to the thousands of potentially preventable amputations affecting people with diabetes

Diabetes UK: 15 healthcare essentials
There are 15 vital checks and services that everyone with diabetes, whatever type, should get for free from their healthcare team – the 15 healthcare essentials

NHS Choices: Diabetes
This webpage provides comprehensive health information on diabetes.

NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): On The Level: Evidence for action on type 2 diabetes
This review brings together NIHR research on each aspect of type 2 diabetes care and features 35 published studies, 19 ongoing studies, questions for patients and health professionals, and patient voices. Amanda Cheesley, RCN Professional Lead for Long-Term Conditions and End of Life Care has written a commentary on the report.

WHO Diabetes programme
This programme aims to prevent diabetes whenever possible and, where not possible, to minimize complications and maximize quality of life. Core functions are to set norms and standards, promote surveillance, encourage prevention, raise awareness and strengthen prevention and control.

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