Waltham Forest nurses lead the way with diabetes care

Practice nurses and healthcare assistants in Waltham Forest are now implementing nine core care processes to promote best practice in diabetes care:

  • blood glucose level measurement (HbA1c)
  • blood pressure measurement
  • cholesterol level measurement
  • retinal screening
  • foot risk assessment
  • kidney function testing (urine)
  • kidney function testing (blood)
  • body mass index scoring
  • smoking status check.

Sixty-five health professionals working in the borough attended a diabetes conference on 2 March hosted by NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group through funding from Waltham Forest Community Education Provider Network (CEPN).

Delegates including practice nurses, healthcare assistants, trainee nurses and podiatrists discussed current thinking around diabetes prevention, standardised foot care and diet and exercise to promote and embed best practice.

Over 80 pledges were made from nurses at the event to make small changes in their daily practice to improve patient care.

Practice Nurse Education Lead for WF CEPN, Ruth Amartey, said: "The diabetes conference had a fantastic attendance and was a great opportunity for a range of health professionals to share best practice in diabetes care.

"It was exciting to see so many nurses and allied health care professionals take the learning from the conference and make pledges on how they will make changes in their day-to-day work to help improve patient care."