Diabetic Foot Care should be a priority for every commissioner in the country.
Here are four reasons:
1: High Human Cost
2: High Financial Cost
Today, and every day, 25 people with diabetes in England will have a toe, foot or leg amputated.
Around 77,000 people in England have diabetic foot ulcers right now, 1,800 per ICS.
Much of this suffering is avoidable.
The NHS in England spends over £1 billion a year on diabetic foot problems; that's £25 million per ICS.
This cost could be considerably reduced.
3: Potential for Improved Outcomes and Cost Savings
4: Diabetic Foot Care is a National Priority
Poor diabetic foot care often costs more than good care. Delays in access to specialist care can lead to severe long-term ulcers, and in some cases to amputation. Severe ulcers and amputations devastate lives and increase NHS costs.
Reducing the prevalence of severe ulcers by a third would save the average ICS more than £4 million a year.
The STP aide mémoire on diabetes says commissioners should ensure they have a suitable footcare pathway to enable early referrals of people at risk of diabetic foot disease to foot protection teams, and people with active disease to multidisciplinary footcare teams.
High-quality diabetic foot care also contributes to the achievement of many other key national objectives.
This website can help you transform lives and reduce NHS costs through improved diabetic foot care.