Diabetes guidance for CQC care home inspectors published
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New guidelines to improve the quality of care for people with diabetes living in care homes have been released. The guidelines provide a series of indicators to help inspectors to assess whether a service is meeting the particular needs of people with diabetes.
The guidance has been published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) having been developed in collaboration with Professor Alan Sinclair, from Diabetes Frail, and the JBDS (Joint British Diabetes Societies) Task Group.
Entitled ‘Guidance for CQC staff: Inspecting the quality of care for residents with diabetes mellitus living in care homes’, the publication explains why people living with diabetes in care settings can be particularly vulnerable and dependent.
An assessment and support framework has also been included so that clinical personnel in care homes are able to determine that the residents’ diabetes needs are being met thoroughly in a way that protects their dignity and rights.
Professor Alan Sinclair said diabetes affected up to one in four care home residents whether they were residing in residential or nursing homes.
“People with diabetes are vulnerable to chest and urine infections and are often frail,” said Prof. Sinclair.
“When their health deteriorates it means there are high rates of admission to hospital, which is why it’s so important to monitor their healthcare, making sure they’re receiving the right level of care.”
JBDS chair Professor Mike Sampson, who is a consultant diabetologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals, said the were long overdue and would be hugely welcomed by the diabetes community.
“If we can help care home workers to understand diabetes management better, then standards of care are going to improve,” he said.