Blog / SCI-Diabetes: supporting diabetes care across Scotland

Professor Sam Phillip: March 15, 2021

SCI (Scottish Care Information) - Diabetes is NHS Scotland's national electronic patient record for diabetes care. The SCI-DC (Diabetes Collaboration) team has been developing and delivering digital applications for diabetes care since 2002. Initially developed as separate applications for use in primary and secondary care, a single unified single web based system was rolled out in 2014. The SCI-Diabetes team, until recently was hosted by NHS Tayside. In recognition of its national role, the team has become part of the NES Digital Service team since November 2020.

The Team

SCI-Diabetes is developed and maintained by a dedicated and enthusiastic team. We are passionate about supporting clinicians in innovating and improving clinical care. The team has almost 2 decades of experience in developing digital solutions for clinical care within NHS Scotland. The team have developed interfaces and linkages with a variety of electronic patient records at a national, primary care and secondary care level. The team is supported by an engaged and active clinical community across Scotland. Citizens with diabetes can access their information via a patient portal called My Diabetes My Way.

The Application

The main goal of the team is to deliver a shared electronic record for use at the point of care by all involved in the provision of diabetes care. The application brings together data relevant to diabetes care from a variety of sources as shown in the figure. This information is presented to health care professionals in visual formats that allow them to make effective decisions both at an individual and at a regional level.

SCI Diabetes


Our Role

There has been a significant transformation in diabetes care over the last decade. The increasing and often pivotal role of technology in helping tackle both the known issues in diabetes care and unexpected new issues like the COVID-19 pandemic is now widely recognised. The team have had to constantly upgrade the product to support clinicians and citizens with diabetes management. We use an agile method of working and are continuously adapting and modernising to meet our users requirements.

Our strategic themes of work are made in consultation with the Scottish Diabetes Group and the managed clinical networks across Scotland. Our key objective is to support the delivery and measure the improvements made in the eight key priority areas of the Diabetes Improvement Plan. We are keen to support research, audit and innovation. Over the coming years we hope to work closely with our NDS colleagues to integrate SCI-Diabetes into the National digital platform.

For further information please visit our website.

The SCI-Diabetes team are currently recruiting for a Senior Business Analyst. To learn about this and other opportunities with NDS please visit our careers page.

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