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Maintaining the Integrated Career and Competency Framework for diabetes nursing, defining roles and standards for nurses and non-registered practitioners involved in the care of people with diabetes.


Promoting and supporting research involving, and with implications, for diabetes nursing.


Providing education and a framework for meeting revalidation requirements and the needs of the diabetes service in which the nurse works.

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TREND-UK is a working group of diabetes nurses with different skills and backgrounds, set up in 2009 in response to a request by the diabetes tsar at that time for a collective voice that represented all diabetes nursing groups. The original founding co-chairs of TREND-UK were experienced nurse consultants, working in a variety of settings, and closely involved with most of the organisations representing nurses working in diabetes. These included the Royal College of Nursing Diabetes Forum, Diabetes UK and Primary Care Diabetes Society.

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TREND-UK has a core committee of three co-chairs: Debbie Hicks, Jill Hill and June James. They are supported by a very experienced associate with particular expertise in practice nursing, and a group of advisors representing in-patient nursing, district nursing and diabetes nursing in all four countries of the UK.

The committee is keen to include representation for nurses from a variety of diabetes working environments to be a voice for all nurses working in diabetes, as well as a resource for those nurses.

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Maintaining the Integrated Career and Competency Framework for diabetes

To maintain the Integrated Career and Competency Framework for diabetes nursing, defining roles and standards for nurses and non-registered practitioners involved in the care of people with diabetes. This document also provides commissioning bodies with clear information relating to different roles within diabetes nursing, facilitating appropriate planning of resources for diabetes services

Promoting the value of diabetes nurses

To promote the enormous value of the nurse with specialist diabetes skills within diabetes care for people with the condition

Creating invaluable resources for people with diabetes and healthcare professionals

To create consensus documents and useful resources for people with diabetes and for the nurses who care for them

Involving people with diabetes

To involve people with diabetes with projects and the development of resources