House of Lords
Lord Morris of Manchester (Labour)
To ask Her Majesty's Government which NHS Trusts do not have dedicated inpatient footcare team services; and what guidance they issue on best practice on reducing amputation levels amongst diabetes sufferers.
Earl Howe (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Quality), Health; Conservative)
The National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NaDIA), which is an annual snapshot of acute care published each year by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, collects data on characteristics of hospital sites including staffing structures, patient clinical data and patient experience information using paper based questionnaires. We are unable to say which trusts do not have dedicated inpatient footcare teams as not all sites for each trust may have participated in the audit.
The following information has been taken from responses in October 2011 to Question 5 of the Hospital Characteristics form.
|Table 1: Number of Hospital sites participating in the 2011 NaDIA and those stating that they did not have a multi-disciplinary foot team1|
|Of which: Hospitals stating that they did not have a multi-disciplinary foot team||75||9||84|
1 A multi-disciplinary foot team is defined as a team consisting of a least a Diabetologist, a Podiatrist with skills in managing the diabetic foot and a surgeon (general, orthopaedic or vascular surgeon)
Source: National Diabetes Inpatient Audit