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Point of Care Testing

National Diabetes Prevention Programme

On the 23 May 2019, the national diabetes prevention programme confirmed that HbA1c POCT tests will no longer be undertaken on individuals referred to the service. This change has been implemented for three reasons a) this data was primarily being used for evaluation purposes and the programme now has a sufficiently large dataset to no longer require it and b) in having completed some evaluation/analysis of the data it shows that results are less accurate compared to lab testing c) removing blood testing will simplify the patient journey. The NDPP programme has confirmed that referrals to the service on the basis of a diagnosis of Non-diabetic hyperglycaemia will still be accepted from referring professionals using POCT.

 

The findings of the evaluation on POCT undertaken by DPP will be published in a scientific paper later this year. In the meantime advice in the NHS Health Check best practice guidance still stands while the CVD prevention team undertakes work to consider whether this advice needs to be amended as part of the updates to the September NHS Health Check Best Practice Guidance.

Supporting documents include FAQ, a letter to GP practices and  the cessation of point-of-care testing.

National Guidance documents for Point of Care Testing devices:

A Practical Guide to POCT  - NHS Improvement

Buyers' Guide to Point-of-Care Testing for Cholesterol Measurement - September 2009

Buyers' Guide to Point-of-Care Testing for HbA1c - June 2009

Buyer's Guide to Low Cost Non-Invasive Blood Pressure Monitors  - September 2008

Buyers Guide to Blood Glucose Systems - May 2008


Presentations and Local Examples

POCT South of Tyne and Wear Presentation 241012 4.63 MB

NHS South of Tyne and Wear - POCT Six Month Progress Report 670 KB

POCT Article Dec 12-13 Edition 316KB

PCT Poster for SHA May 11 South of Tyne and Wear 284KB

The Role of POCT in the NHS Health Check
Mel Varvel, NHS Improvement

A Fully Integrated Approach to POCT is Appropriate for NHS Health Check
Dr Devi Nair, Royal Free Hospital

POCT Evaluation - NHS Wolverhampton

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