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GP spearheads diabetes network

A GP who helped develop a clinically led diabetes network has seen the model rolled out across Scotland as part of the Scottish Diabetes Framework.

Dr Alistair Emslie-Smith, a GP in Dundee and lead clinician of the Tayside Diabetes Network, told delegates at the third annual diabetes NSF conference last week that the network not only improved patient care but cut down on unnecessary duplication.

The Diabetes Audit Research Tayside (DARTS)

programme, started in 1997, uses a web-based system to produce a register of comprehensive clinical records for all

the diabetes patients in the

region.

Dr Emslie-Smith said: 'It is rather broader than a structured call and recall system. It is bringing health care professionals from across all areas of the health care system to work more effectively as a team.'

He said the SCI-Diabetes Collaboration programme, as it is known, would help GPs to achieve quality and outcome framework points in the new GMS contract by improving monitoring.

But he added: 'It is more than that ­ we are always investigating global care across the system to improve it.'

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