A report by Diabetes UK has revealed that some paediatric diabetes specialist nurses (PDSNs) have double the caseload recommended by the RCN.
The report on the progress of primary care organisations in 2007 shows that some PDSNs in PCTs in England look after more than 160 children, more than double the recommended 70. Such a caseload makes it extremely difficult for nurses to find the time to help children manage their diabetes effectively.
The PDSN case load in 41% of English PCTs has increased since 2006, and only 7% of PCTs have improved their PDSN caseload according to the report. This is despite recent figures from the Healthcare Commission that showed more than 80% of children with diabetes are not achieving recommended blood glucose levels.
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