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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13681: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what structured diabetes education is offered by each NHS board; what the uptake is; what assessment it has made of the impact of this approach, including its effectiveness in helping to prevent other serious diabetes-related conditions, and what support it offers to NHS boards to help expand this.

Answered by: Shona Robison 18 January 2018

The Scottish Government does not hold information on the structured diabetes education offered by individual NHS Boards. NHS Boards are responsible for delivering structured education tailored to suit local circumstances.

The Scottish Diabetes Survey includes the "Percentage of people with diabetes who have ever attended Level 3 structured education - presented in defined age ranges".

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) evaluated the evidence relating to its effectiveness in helping to prevent other serious diabetes-related conditions prior to its inclusion in their national clinical guidance on diabetes, SIGN 116.

In Scotland, the Diabetes Education Advisory Group provides support to NHS Boards, for example, accreditation of local courses to ensure a consistent high standard.