Welcome to Diabetes in Scotland

Diabetes presents a serious health challenge for Scotland. The Scottish Diabetes Framework published in April 2002 sought to draw together existing guidance and best practice and to set out the first steps of a 10-year programme to address the problem of diabetes. This was followed up in 2006 with the Action Plan which came out of a review of the Framework and set out an ambitious programme for the next three years. The Scottish Diabetes Group (SDG) is a national Steering Group which coordinates the implementation of the Framework.

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People with Diabetes

One in 20 people in Scotland have diabetes. There were 268,154 people diagnosed with diabetes in Scotland recorded on local diabetes registers at the end of 2013. This represents 5% of the population. Crude prevalence of diabetes ranged from 4.34% to 5.8% across NHS Boards. The majority of people living with diabetes (88.2%) have type 2 diabetes and nearly 11% have type 1 diabetes. There are believed to be thousands more who have not yet been diagnosed.

Visit NHS Scotland's interactive diabetes website for support for people with diabetes.

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Managed Clinical Networks

Diabetes Managed Clinical Networks (MCN) were established to bring together clinicians, patients and carers to work across traditional boundaries in planning and delivering diabetes care.

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Education & Training

The Diabetes Education Network (DEN), previously known as the Type 1 Education Network is an established network that many people in Scotland have already used for help and support when developing diabetes education models in their own areas. A regional network for Scotland has recently been formed.

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Diabetes Improvement Plan

The Scottish Diabetes Improvement Plan is available here.

The Diabetes Improvement Plan was developed in conjunction with key diabetes stakeholders, clinicians and policy makers and sets out the direction 85 organisations and many individuals provided helpful responses which were analysed and collated by the relevant subgroup of the Scottish Diabetes Group. The Improvement Plan continues the work set out in the 2010 Diabetes Action Plan and contributes to the Scottish Government's Quality Strategy and 2020 Vision for Health and Social Care.


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