The Association of British Clinical Diabetologists on
The NHS Network
The Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD) is delighted
to have achieved a presence within the NHS network. This page is not
itself on NHS network, as we wish the information to be universally
available, but these pages form ABCDs portal into the NHS network.
What is the NHS Network and why a presence on it for ABCD?
The National Health Service (NHS) Network, is a secured network
connecting all NHS locations, in particular linking acute hospitals, GP
surgeries, NHS facilities and Care Sites. For ABCD the NHS network
allows anonymised, encrypted patient data to be moved between approved
locations, meeting Information Governance Standards currently in force,
and allows secured servers within a hospital to host the data of NHS
patients. It is therefore the most appropriate and secure way to
communicate data from centres taking part in our nationwide audits to
our servers for secure storage and analysis. Using the NHS network,
centres joining the national audit effort will be able to access their
own anonymised patient data on their local NHS computers as they do with
their other local clinical systems, accessing, reviewing and auditing
their own local data in order to learn from the local experience.
Why ABCD nationwide audits
At the same time the data, in anonymised form, will be joined to the
nationwide audit where, by being combined with similar data from all
over the UK, the rate at which we can learn about new medications in
real clinical practice is increased through the force of numbers. For
example it can be seen from the slide, lower left, than we learned from
the nationwide exenatide and liraglutide audits, that in real clinic
practice patients treated with these medications in the UK had far worse
glycaemic control and were much heavier than patients treated in
clinical trials thus reducing the extent to which information from the
clinical trials can be extrapolated to real clinical life. ABCD hopes,
through its audits, to gain insights into both safety and efficacy of
new medications. ABCD hopes that the data collected will inform future
practice and guidelines.
More information on previous ABCD audits....
Further information on the ABCD
nationwide audit programme can be obtained by contacting us at