Specialist nurses boost diabetes care

Practices nurses with a special interest in diabetes (PNSIs) can boost levels of diabetes care among practices struggling to deliver high-quality services, according to UK research.

For the study, researchers from Birmingham East and North PCT developed the role of a PNSI in diabetes in order to support practices that were not achieving acceptable levels of routine diabetes care.

Three practices were identified which were not performing to expected standards. Each practice was assigned a PNSI in diabetes who ran weekly clinics working with the GPs and practice nurses.

The nurses were responsible for establishing a diabetes register and creating a robust call review and recall system at the practice.

Overall, PNSIs significantly improved diabetes care, increasing the number of patients with an HbA1c score of less than 7.4 per cent.

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