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Diabetes Network for Northern Ireland

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About the Network

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:

Join the Diabetes Network and help shape services

The Network is reviewing its work programme and seeks to recruit new members to support its working groups.

If you are person living with diabetes or care for someone who has diabetes and would like to get involved please contact us. Your voice and experiences are vital to our work. Together we can deliver good decision making and service development for all people living with diabetes, their carers and families.

As a member of the Network you will work in partnership with Specialist Diabetes Consultants, Doctors, Diabetes Specialist Nurses and Dietitians, GPs, Pharmacists, Podiatrists, Midwives and Diabetes Service Managers

All applications forms must be completed and submitted to Rachel.Leonard@hscni.net on or before 5:00pm on Monday 24 August 2020.

Download the Application Pack documents below.

Title and link to downloadDescriptionDate
Expression of Interest Application FormRegional Diabetes Network NI - Expression of Interest Application Form6th August 2020
Role - Service User or Carer RepresentativeDescription of the role of the service user and/or carer representative.6th August 2020
Invitation LetterInvitation letter from Dr Hamish Courtney, Clinical Director, Diabetes Network for Northern Ireland.6th August 2020
HSC Guidance on reimbursement of expensesHSC Guidance on reimbursement of out of pocket expenses.6th August 2020
HSC Reimbursement claim formService user, carer or stakeholder: Reimbursement of expenses - Claim Form6th August 2020
PPI - Reimbursement guide for service users and carersPersonal 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 ChecklistHSC Quality Improvement Service User and Carer Checklist - What you need to consider and what you need to do.6th August 2020

If you need help downloading the application pack or completing the application form contact us via email: Rachel.Leonard@hscni.net or Telephone: 07881009097


Citizen Poll

The Network has launched a Citizen Poll  as a pulse check on the priorities that the Diabetes Strategic Framework set in November 2016.

The Citizen Poll is 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.

Complete the Citizen Poll at: https://consultations.nidirect.gov.uk/hsc/diabetes-network-ni  Closing date: 31 August 2020

Please help us shape diabetes services and complete the survey and share with others you think may be interested in sharing their views.

Read a letter from Dr Hamish Courtney about the Citizen Poll (click here)

What is Diabetes

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.


Network Developments

Diabetes Foot Care Pathway

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.

Diabetes Foot Care Pathway Leaflet
Diabetes Foot Care Pathway FAQs

To watch more videos from the Diabetes Network NI are available click here (vimeo.com/showcase/diabetes-network)

Diabetes Medicines and Prescribing

Title and link to downloadDescriptionDate
HSCB Letter Freestyle Libre (Flash Glucose Monitoring Pathway)Letter to HSC Trusts' Chief Executives4th December 2017
Pathway for the Managed Access of FreeStyle Libre®Guidance4th December 2017
Prescribing of FreeStyle LibreLetter to HSC Trusts' Chief Executives4th December 2017
Prescribing of FreeStyle LibreLetter to GP Practices and Community Pharmacists6th November 2017

Contact us

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
Administrator Philip Mellon – Philip.Mellon@hscni.net

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