Diabetes variation in inpatient activity (VIA) tool

Public Health England | September 2019 | Diabetes variation in inpatient activity (VIA) tool

Healthcare professionals can use the variation in inpatient activity (VIA) tool to explore the variation in inpatient activity (bed days in hospital, emergency re-admissions and day case admissions) for patients with diabetes compared to a similar patient population  without diabetes. This can help with planning and commissioning local services. 


The briefing gives an overview of the tool and presents data from 2014 to 2015 up to 2017 to 2018, showing how inpatient activity for patients with diabetes varies between clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), and how it has changed over time (Source: Public Health England)

Variation in inpatient activity: diabetes tool

Summary of diabetes VIA tool results: 2014 to 2018


Type 2 diabetes affects 7000 young people in England and Wales, analysis shows

Iacobucci,  G. | 2018 | Type 2 diabetes affects 7000 young people in England and Wales, analysis shows


Currently, over a third of children in England (34%) are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. Diabetes UK warned that thousands more children could have type 2 diabetes diagnosed without decisive support for young people (Source: BMJ)

Read the full BMJ article via Open Athens 

In the news:

BBC News Type 2 diabetes affects 7,000 under-25s in England and Wales 

The Guardian Type 2 diabetes now affects nearly 7,000 young Britons 

Patient data saves lives: Diabetes

Better use of data is essential to speed up diagnosis, research new treatments, plan better NHS services and monitor the safety of drugs. However, most patients feel they don’t know how their data are used in the NHS.

Understanding Patient Data have developed a series of animations to address this gap in knowledge.

Watch the video, Patient data saves lives: Diabetes below:

Other titles in this series include:

  • Patient data saves lives: The bigger picture (watch)
  • Patient data saves lives: Cancer (watch)
  • Patient data saves lives: Asthma (watch)
  • Patient data saves lives: Heart attack (watch)
  • Patient data saves lives: Dementia (watch)

For further information about how and why patient data is used, visit the UPD website: www.patientdata.org.uk