Diabetes care for children and young people
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence provides recommendations on the key age-specific processes for diabetes care for children and young people, which help monitor how diabetes is managed and prevent long-term complications. Here we use audit data to look at seven of these processes for children aged 12 and older as well as HbA1c control.
See also our analysis of care for adults with diabetes.
For more information see Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health
Caution should be taken in the interpretation of the change in the HbA1c values due to the difference in the analysis of HbA1c over time. Also, there may be significant underreporting of the care process being performed but not recorded for audit purposes.
The 2015/16 diabetes audit report gives data for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes care processes. For Type 1 diabetes, thyroid screening is one of the key care processes, instead of cholesterol. For this reason, we cannot compare cholesterol screening levels with previous years, as the newest data is only for children and young people with Type 2 diabetes. The figure given for completion of all care processes corresponds to Type 1 care processes only - but since Type 1 diabetes accounts for 95% of all cases for children and young people, the improvements reported here can be taken to reflect real improvements in care process completion or completeness of data submitted to the NPDA.
See the audit report for more detail.