Information Prescriptions

There are 285,000 people living with diabetes in Scotland plus a further one million who are thought to be at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.  The Scottish National Diabetes Survey shows that the majority of people with diabetes are not attaining recommended targets for HbA1c, blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol etc.  As HCPs, we routinely give patient lifestyle advice and prescriptions for drugs designed to treat these factors.  The big question is why is it not working? Making the right prescribing decisions is only half the story.  Half of patients with chronic health conditions do not follow medical instructions and the more complex the condition (the more drugs prescribed) the higher the non-adherence is likely to be. When information is received in spoken form retention is low at just 14%.  However, when relevant written information supported by pictographs is supplied, recall increases to 80%.People living with diabetes spend only 3 hours a year with a healthcare professional6. To ensure that people are better equipped to manage their condition themselves, improve treatment targets and save the NHS money, we need new ways of delivering routine diabetes care. Diabetes UK Information Prescriptions have been designed as a personalised tool to help the individual manage their condition and improve health outcomes.Delegates will:

  • Gain greater understanding of diabetes – 80% of NHS spending is on treating potentially avoidable complications.
  • Learn about tools and resources available from Diabetes UK to support HCPs and patients.

Linda started her working life a qualified nurse and spent ten years working within critical care.   She went on to complete undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Psychology and Health Psychology respectively. She has experience of working in project management, training and service improvement in both the voluntary and statutory sector. She has worked for Diabetes Scotland for six years, engaging with NHS Scotland and social care agencies to improve service delivery and care for people living with and affected by diabetes.