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:
The Diabetes Network for Northern Ireland has launched a new Foot Care Pathway to improve services for adults living with diabetes.
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.
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The following working groups have been established:
|Ambulance Service Pathways||Sophie Lusby, Health and Social Care Board (HSCB)|
|Data Development||Co-chaired by:
Dr Brendan O’Brien, Clinical Informatics Specialist, HSCB
Ms Adele Graham, Senior Health Intelligence Manager, Public Health Agency (PHA)
|Education and Workforce||Under development|
|Foot Pathway||Co-chaired by:
Dr Hamish Courtney, Consultant Endocrinologist, Belfast Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust.
Dr Brian Connor, GP.
|Inpatient Care||Co-chaired by:
Dr Una Bradley, Consultant Endocrinologist, Southern HSC Trust.
Lisa King, Lecturer in Nursing, University of Ulster.
|New Models of Care||Under development|
|Paediatric Services||Dr Brid Farrell, PHA|
|Patient Education||Co-chaired by:
Florence Findlay-White, Diabetes UK.
Lesley Hamilton, Western HSC Trust.
Professor David McCance, Consultant Endocrinologist, Diabetes Regional Centre, Belfast HSC Trust
Mrs Denise Boulter, Midwife Consultant, PHA
|Primary Prevention of Type 2 disease||Co-chaired by:
Brendan Heaney, Diabetes UK
Dr Louise Herron, PHA
|Retinopathy||Dr Adrian Mairs, PHA|
|Young Adults||Co-chaired by:
Dr Athinyaa Thiraviaraj, Consultant Endocrinologist, Western HSC Trust.
|Technology to support people living with diabetes||Co-chaired by:
Dr Neil Black, Consultant Endocrinologist Western HSC Trust.
Profesor Roy Harper, Consultant Endocrinologist, South Eastern HSC Trust
Diabetes is a condition where your blood sugar level is higher than normal.
There are two main types of diabetes:
About 2 per cent of people have other types of diabetes. Other types include 11 different forms of monogenic diabetes, cystic fibrosis related diabetes and diabetes caused by rare syndromes. 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.
|Pathway for the Managed Access of FreeStyle Libre®||Guidance||4th December 2017|
|Prescribing of FreeStyle Libre||Letter to GP Practices and Community Pharmacists||6th November 2017|
|Prescribing of FreeStyle Libre||Letter to HSC Trusts' Chief Executives||4th December 2017|
|HSCB Letter Freestyle Libre (Flash Glucose Monitoring Pathway)||Letter to HSC Trusts' Chief Executives||4th December 2017|