Since 2001, the UK government has acknowledged Structured Diabetes Education (SDE) as a key aspect of patient care. Since 2003, standards and criteria for programs have existed; however, there is currently no means whereby SDE programs, educator training, and organizational infrastructure can be nationally recognized and validated.
In considering how to address this dilemma, the Leicester Diabetes Center (LDC) took the initiative to lead on a new proposal. In doing so, they sought the invaluable advice and support from AADE and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since 2015, the CDC has run a comprehensive recognition program for providers of diabetes prevention programs in the U.S. After a number of helpful teleconference calls between LDC, AADE and CDC, we were able to produce a draft proposal framework that has since been positively received and is now under consideration for national implementation.
We would like to acknowledge the support and advice received from AADE with Jodi Lavin-Tompkins, as well as the CDC with Ann Albright and Patricia Schumacher in helping with this important piece of work.