Hypo Awareness Week aims to improve staff knowledge about Hypoglycaemia, a complication in diabetes, by raising awareness about how to recognise the symptoms and treat the condition.

Hypoglycaemia, also known as a hypo, takes place when the blood glucose levels of people with diabetes drop too low. They can feel shaky, unwell and, in extreme cases, can slip into a coma.

According to results from the latest National Diabetes Inpatient Audit, which took place in 2019 and was published last year, around one in six hospitals beds are occupied by a person with diabetes. Professor Gerry Rayman, the national clinical lead for the audit, has said that since 2010 there has been a 30 per cent reduction in severe hypoglycaemia in hospitals, with Hypo Awareness Week helping to raise awareness annually since 2012. However, on the audit day in 2019, more than one in four inpatients with type 1 diabetes had experienced at least one severe episode of hypoglycaemia in the last seven days of their hospital stay.

The annual campaign aims to raise awareness of hypoglycaemia in the UK by educating healthcare professionals about the short-term complications of diabetes.

We have compiled a range of resources and guidance to support you in learning about Hypoglycaemia. The links below from Diabetes UK also support diabetic patients in learning more about what Hypo is and how to look out for the symptoms.

Diabetes UK

Additional resources

If you are a specialist clinician, diabetic nurse, primary care or secondary health care professional who wants to improve your understanding of Hypo, then you can get started with the resources listed below. Download the full resource pack listed below here.

  • CDEP | Free Hypo Awareness training for healthcare staff
  • Joint British Diabetes Societies Inpatient Care | The Hospital Management of Hypoglycaemia in Adults with Diabetes Mellitus
  • Joint British Diabetes Societies Inpatient Care | Algorithm for the Management of Hypoglycaemia in Adults with Diabetes in Hospital
  • TREND UK | Hypoglycaemia in adults in the community: recognition, management and prevention
  • Eden | Highlighting Hypo infographic
  • Eden | How to treat a Hypo infographic
  • NIHR – Applied Research Collaboration East Midlands | Hypos can strike twice booklet