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Nurses are being asked to take part in a new survey on prescribing practice within diabetes care, in a bid to help identify “where things might need to change or improve”.
Trend Diabetes, an organisation that says it supports all nurses working in diabetes care, has launched a nationwide survey to uncover the latest trends in diabetes nursing and prescribing.
“Change can only be implemented once where we know where it’s needed”
The questionnaire asks nurses to have their say on prescribing practice and will also offer the opportunity to report how confident they feel when caring for people with chronic kidney disease.
Co-chair of the organisation, June James, said the findings of the new survey would help to inform any potential changes or improvements needed within the profession related to diabetes care.
“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,” she said.
Ms James stressed that nurses played 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,” she said.
Trend Diabetes 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 survey is now live and will close on Friday 21 August. The findings will then be unveiled at Trend Diabetes’ first virtual national conference, taking place on the afternoons of Friday 2 and 9 October 2020.
The 2020 Trend Diabetes survey follows on from the England-wide 2019 Diabetes Specialist Nurse Audit, which found there were 1,872 nurses dedicated to diabetes care, with 1,831 at band 5 or over.