The Diabetes Network brings together people living with diabetes, carers, and health and social care professionals working in partnership with Diabetes UK on the design and delivery of better diabetes services.
There are currently almost 100,000 people in Northern Ireland living with diabetes and this rises annually by more than 3,000 due to our ageing and growing population. It is estimated around 12,000 people are also living with Type 2 diabetes and have not yet been diagnosed.
The Network supports the implementation of the Department of Health’s (DoH) Strategic Framework for Diabetes, one of a series of initiatives to support the ‘Health and Well-being 2026, Delivering Together’ plan which aims to transform Health and Social Care (HSC) services across Northern Ireland.
The Network will lead the improvement of care for people in Northern Ireland who:
Diabetes is a condition where your blood sugar level is higher than normal.
There are two main types of diabetes:
About 2% of people living with diabetes have other types of diabetes such as:
Certain medication such as steroids and antipsychotics, surgery or hormonal imbalances could also lead to other types of diabetes.
For more information about diabetes visit the Diabetes UK website.
We appreciate the contributions we have received from people living with diabetes and their carers which will inform and support our Programme Refresh.
This survey was a pulse check on the priorities that the Diabetes Strategic Framework set in November 2016.
Our Survey was not a consultation but an opportunity to find out three years on, if there are certain areas where we should place particular emphasis as we refresh our work programme, based on people’s experiences
If you have diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 or previous gestational diabetes) then it is important to plan your pregnancy to help reduce risks to you and baby.
Attend your local Diabetes Pre-pregnancy Clinic
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Northern Health and Social Care Trust
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
The Diabetes Hub Ulster Hospital
Southern Health and Social Care Trust
Tel: 028 3756 1013
Western Health and Social Care Trust
Tel: 028 7161 1354
The Diabetes Network for Northern Ireland launched a new Foot Care Pathway to improve services for adults living with diabetes in November 2019.
The new Diabetes Foot Care Pathway enables all adults with diabetes to access the same services no matter where they live in Northern Ireland. It consists of 4 steps including annual foot care screening through to advanced foot disease care and treatment with a focus on the prevention of ulcers and amputations which will ultimately reduce hospital admissions.
To watch more videos from the Diabetes Network NI are available click here (vimeo.com/showcase/diabetes-network)
|Title and link to download||Description||Date|
|HSCB Letter Freestyle Libre (Flash Glucose Monitoring Pathway)||Letter to HSC Trusts' Chief Executives||4th December 2017|
|Pathway for the Managed Access of FreeStyle Libre®||Guidance||4th December 2017|
|Prescribing of FreeStyle Libre||Letter to HSC Trusts' Chief Executives||4th December 2017|
|Prescribing of FreeStyle Libre||Letter to GP Practices and Community Pharmacists||6th November 2017|
Diabetes Network Programme – Office team members
|Clinical Director||Dr Hamish Courtney|
|Deputy Clinical Director||Dr Mary Donnelly|
|Commissioning Lead||Ms Sophie Lusby|
|Programme Lead||Joanne McKissick – Joanne.McKissick@hscni.net|
|Project Manager||Olivia Fox – Olivia.Fox@hscni.net|
|Project Manager||Rachel Leonard – Rachel.Leonard@hscni.net|
As a member of our network service user and carers representatives contribute to decision making and share their experience to help improve diabetes services in NI.
Members of the Network work in partnership with Specialist Diabetes Consultants, Doctors, Diabetes Specialist Nurses and Dietitians, GPs, Pharmacists, Podiatrists, Midwives and Diabetes Service Managers.
This voluntary role includes a package of full support and training.
|Title and link to download||Description||Date|
|Role - Service User or Carer Representative||Description of the role of the service user and/or carer representative.||6th August 2020|
|HSC Guidance on reimbursement of expenses||HSC Guidance on reimbursement of out of pocket expenses.||6th August 2020|
|HSC Reimbursement claim form||Service user, carer or stakeholder: Reimbursement of expenses - Claim Form||6th August 2020|
|PPI - Reimbursement guide for service users and carers||Personal Public Involvement (PPI) - How to claim back your money for expenses – a guide for service|
users and carers.
|6th August 2020|
|Service User and Carer Checklist||HSC Quality Improvement Service User and Carer Checklist - What you need to consider and what you need to do.||6th August 2020|