NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers:

  • preventing type 2 diabetes in adults (18 years and older)
  • structured education programmes for adults with diabetes
  • care and treatment for adults with diabetes
  • preventing and managing foot problems in adults with diabetes.

It does not cover diabetes in pregnancy or diabetes in children and young people (see related NICE quality standards).

For more information see the diabetes in adults topic overview.

This quality standard has been updated. It was identified for update after the annual review of quality standards in 2014. The review identified that there had been changes in the areas for improvement for diabetes in adults. For further information about the update, including statements from the 2011 quality standard that are no longer national priorities for improvement but are still underpinned by current accredited guidance, see update information.