Diabetes is one of the most important diseases confronting the United Kingdom's (UK) health care system. Therefore, understanding how best to organise diabetes services is vital area if the health system is going to cope with the expansion in both the demand for and cost of diabetes care. This scoping exercise will aim to provide an overview of current developments in the organisation and delivery of diabetes services in the UK.
The objectives will be:
The scoping exercise will comprise three integrated elements:
The literature review and networking exercise will be parallel activities. The consensus conference will be used to validate and extend the findings of the literature review and networking exercise. There will be a strong focus on stakeholder participation in the scoping to capture and represent a wide range of views on the priorities for service organisation in diabetes. Patient accounts and experiences will be represented throughout the scoping, together with concrete examples of service organisation and development in diabetes.