A series of resources produced by Trend Diabetes aimed at enabling community teams to manage the increasing demand for insulin administration have been released.
The NHS England-led the ‘Delegation of Insulin Administration’ project aimed to provide a voluntary framework to allow expanded capacity to health and social care workers who administer insulin to people living with diabetes.
Trend Diabetes was commissioned to develop resources, including e-learning, policies and a competency framework, with other organisations also contributing to the initiative.
To enable community teams in England to manage the increasing demand for this service, suitably trained health and social care workers (HCWs), including health and care support workers and healthcare assistants, could administer insulin to those adults whose diabetes is stable.
This initiative will be welcomed as qualified community nurses struggle to visit all their people with diabetes who need insulin injections as part of their care especially during this pandemic where nurses are too suffering from the infection.
These documents and supporting materials are based on best practice, input from stakeholders and an expert working group, as well as the experience of eight national exemplar sites. They are relevant to NHS organisations, community interest companies, social enterprises, independent sector providers and adult social care providers that have staff caring for adults who require insulin administration by pen and have voluntarily agreed to take part in a delegation scheme.
The documents included on this page provide a voluntary framework for teaching and training HCWs to administer insulin to adults who are unable to do this themselves. They also ensure patient safety and cover areas such as access to medicines ensuring care is delivered at the right time in the right place by clinicians with the right skills.
In a joint statement, Trend Diabetes Co-Chairs Debbie Hicks and June James said: “We were delighted to be asked to produce these resources which will provide the framework needed to increase expertise and expand services. We are now urging community teams to adopt this framework.”
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