Research Article

Novel role for specialist nurses in managing diabetes in the community.

BMJ 1989; 299 doi: (Published 26 August 1989) Cite this as: BMJ 1989;299:552
  1. M. MacKinnon,
  2. R. M. Wilson,
  3. C. A. Hardisty,
  4. J. D. Ward
  1. Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield.


    To develop care of diabetes further a specialist nurse established contact with general practices in Sheffield Health District and identified difficulties in providing a service for diabetics. One hundred and thirty practices were visited, and full data were collected from 104. Each practice agreed to establish a register of diabetics, and information and support were subsequently provided to help in developing services. In collecting information from each practice the nurse covered specific points on staff, facilities, and organisation. Over two years the service offered in 60 practices considerably improved, allowing a minimum standard of diabetic care to be achieved. This allowed coordinated and effective referral of certain patients from hospital diabetic clinics and improved services to those not attending any clinics.