Diabetes - Education and Prevention

Diabetes in the UK

2.9 million people in the UK
have been diagnosed
with diabetes

This is a worrying increase
from 1.4 million in 1996!

By 2025, it is estimated that 5 million people will have diabetes in the UK.

This equates to people being diagnosed with diabetes at a rate of:


every day


every hour


every 10 mins


of those have Type 1 Diabetes


of those have Type 2 Diabetes
The cost of diabetes

£10 billion
is the estimated cost
of diabetes to the
NHS every year

This is 10% of the entire
NHS annual budget!

One in ten people admitted to hospital has diabetes.

This costs the NHS:

every week

every hour

every second

Medical errors

A total of 37% of inpatients with diabetes included in the National Diabetes Inpatient Audit experienced at least one medication error, 26% at least one prescription error, and 20% at least one medication management error. (NaDIA)

Between August 2003 and August 2009 the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) received 3,881 wrong dose incident reports involving insulin.

Between January 2005 and July 2009 there were three deaths and 17 incidents reported where intravenous syringes were used to measure and administer insulin. (NaDIA)

Administering insulin incorrectly can be fatal, so training those prescribing and administering it is vitally important.

Anna Morton Former Director of NHS Diabetes
Diabetes e-Learning
There is a suite of e-Learning modules you can take to help improve your knowledge of diabetes.

The Insulin Safety Suite is a collection of free* e-Learning courses specially designed for all healthcare professionals, as well as people with diabetes and their families.

The Safe Use of Insulin

In order to reduce insulin errors this course aims to provide learners with an increased understanding and awareness of insulin by promoting its safe and effective use.

The Safe Management of Hypoglycaemia

Provides staff with the knowledge to manage hypoglycaemia effectively and identify strategies to help reduce its impact and improve patient quality of life.

The Safe Use of Intravenous Insulin Infusion (III) in Adults

Informs learners how to recognise the common errors associated with the use of III and understand the principles of its on-going management.

The Safe Use of Non-Insulin Therapies for Diabetes

On completion of this course learners will have an increased awareness of contraindications and side effects of non-insulin therapies and an understanding of their safe implementation.

The Safe Use of Insulin Syringes, Pen Devices, Pumps and Sharps

Provides learners with the knowledge of how to use insulin syringes, pen devices, pumps and sharps and how to dispose of them safely.

Do the course. Save a Life.