The National Diabetes Inpatient Audit is a yearly audit aimed at providing a snapshot view on various aspects of diabetes care across hospitals in England. Results are provided for each hospital and are shown in comparison to other hospitals. Since 2011, our 450-bedded hospital has been in the first quartile with regards to medication errors, prescription errors, medicine management errors and insulin errors. In the 2016 audit, we had 11.6% medication errors whereas across England, there were 44.6% medication errors. Our service is exemplary on many fronts. Foundation year doctors get formal training in diabetes care. Information Technology is key in providing the fail-proof electronic prescribing software, access to General Practitioner’s Health records, safe insulin prescribing e-module, and up-to-date online clinical guidelines. We have Pharmacists and Pharmacist Technicians who check electronic prescriptions on a daily basis. We also benefit from the service of a Diabetes Specialist Pharmacist. We provide a twice-weekly specialist diabetes ward round across the whole hospital and patients are usually identified from the Electronic Patients Record software. The Diabetes Specialist Nurses are additionally available for one-to-one education Monday to Friday 0900 to 1700. Finally, we run a comprehensive diabetes education day for nurses and other allied health care professionals twice a year.


M. Parsad: None. K.D. Lambert: None. D. Ardern: None. A.C. Mezzullo: None.

Readers may use this article as long as the work is properly cited, the use is educational and not for profit, and the work is not altered. More information is available at