The Department is currently producing three policy documents which will directly influence the commissioning and development of diabetes services: the Diabetes Action Plan, the Long Term Conditions (LTC) Outcomes Strategy (which will include a diabetes companion document), and the Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Outcomes Strategy.
The Diabetes Action Plan will set out the actions the national health service is taking to increase identification and improve prevention and treatment of diabetes, and will be published later this year.
The Long Term Conditions Outcomes Strategy is aimed at improving outcomes for all people with LTCs. The strategy will look at all of the aspects that impact on the lives of people with LTCs, and outline how the key players (Government Departments, local authorities, charities and individuals) can act in future in order to reduce LTC incidence, and improve outcomes for those with LTCs. We aim to publish the strategy towards the end of 2012, and a companion document on diabetes will be published at the same time.
The Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy will outline how the health care system can improve outcomes for people with—or people at risk of—CVD. The strategy will consider the whole of the patient pathway from prevention through to long term care. As diabetes is a major risk factor for CVD, it will be considered as part of the strategy's development.