Joint British Diabetes Societies (JBDS) for Inpatient Care Group

The Joint British Diabetes Societies (JBDS) for Inpatient Care group was created in 2008 to ‘deliver a set of diabetes inpatient guidelines and proposed standards of care within secondary care organisations’, with the overall aim of improving inpatient diabetes care through the development and use of high quality evidence based guidelines, and through better inpatient care pathways. The JBDS–IP group was created and supported by Diabetes UK, ABCD and the Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse (DISN) UK group, and works with NHS England, TREND-UK and with other professional organisations.

The 2022 Rowan Hillson Inpatient Safety Award

A SurveyMonkey of JBDS-IP guidelines undertaken at the end of 2012 revealed:

  • Guidelines have been actively distributed (>21,000 copies, excluding downloads)
  • 85-100% responding teams were aware of the guidelines
  • >90% adoption in 118 UK Trusts for older guidelines, and around 50% for 2012 guidelines
  • Rated highly in terms of patient safety, overall quality and clinical value

The group administrator is Christine Jones and if you or your organisation would like to contribute to future guidelines please contact her (

The core members of JBDS-IP (listed below) include diabetes consultants and diabetes specialist nurses from across the UK, with all 4 nations represented. Twice yearly face to face meetings interspersed with teleconferences ensure regular contact between members.


The guidelines produced by the JBDS–IP group (including those planned for the future) are listed below and for those already published. These are the most up to date JBDS guidelines. All previous versions have been archived. Please ensure you are using the most up to date guidelines because they may have changed.

JBDS Guidelines Archive

Title Files
JBDS 01 The Hospital Management of Hypoglycaemia in Adults with Diabetes Mellitus
JBDS 02 The Management of Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Adults
JBDS 03 Management of adults with diabetes undergoing surgery and elective procedures: improving standards
JBDS 04 Self-Management of Diabetes in Hospital
JBDS 05 Glycaemic management during the inpatient enteral feeding of stroke patients with diabetes
JBDS 06 The management of the hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state (HHS) in adults with diabetes
JBDS 07 Admissions avoidance and diabetes: guidance for clinical commissioning groups and clinical teams
JBDS 08 Management of Hyperglycaemia and Steroid (Glucocorticoid) Therapy
JBDS 09 The use of variable rate intravenous insulin infusion (VRIII) in medical inpatients
JBDS 10 Discharge planning for adult inpatients with diabetes
JBDS 11 Management of adults with diabetes on the haemodialysis unit
JBDS 12 Managing diabetes and hyperglycaemia during labour and birth with diabetes
JBDS 13 The management of diabetes in adults and children with psychiatric disorders in inpatient settings
JBDS 14 A good inpatient diabetes service
JBDS 15 Inpatient Care of the Frail Older Adult with Diabetes
JBDS 16 Diabetes at the Front Door
JBDS 17 The management of glycaemic control in people with cancer
JBDS 18 COncise adVice on Inpatient Diabetes (COVID:Diabetes) - Hyperglycaemia