NHS Scotland spends almost £1bn annually, or £100,000 every hour, on diabetes. 80% goes on managing avoidable complications." Diabetes Scotland, 2015

Diabetes Toolkit

Improving the care of patients admitted to hospital with a secondary diagnosis of diabetes.

Across Scotland teams have implemented the Diabetes – think, check, act approach to improve services with measurable results.

This Diabetes – think, check, act toolkit is designed to help Diabetes Specialists Teams, or non-specialist staff where no such team is in place, to improve the processes, communication, and education surrounding inpatient care for people with diabetes in acute hospitals.

Although there have been significant improvements in treatments and services for other major diseases in Scotland, the prevalence of diabetes continues to climb. We are seeing this impact in our hospitals, where people are being admitted for increasingly complex conditions as a result of, or alongside, Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

This toolkit is designed to help Diabetes Specialists Teams, or non-specialist staff where no such team is in place, to improve the processes, communication, and education surrounding inpatient care for people with diabetes in acute hospitals. You’ll find practical guidance on what needs to change and what small improvements have been shown to make a big different to patients, families and staff in our pilot sites. We have designed templates to help you implement changes, no matter what experience you have in quality methodologies. Across Scotland teams have implemented the Diabetes – think, check, act approach to improve services with measurable results.