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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:


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


Refresh for Diabetes Network

In October 2020, the Network set out a new roadmap to improve the health and well-being of those living with diabetes across the region.
Click here for more information.

Citizen Poll

Image of the text Citizen Poll.Our survey closed at midnight on 31 August 2020.

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.


Effective involvement

The Network recently welcomed 28 PLWD as members of our network working groups and are supporting them to share their lived experience in partnership with Diabetes UK. PLWD are represented across our programme structure, contributing to improving treatment and care for PLWD in Northern Ireland.


10k More Voices Insights

The Network commissioned ‘10k More Voices’ feedback around diabetes treatment and care in Northern Ireland. This report included 114 stories collected from a BHSCT diabetes clinic. 92% had a positive or extremely positive experience.


Are you thinking about having a baby?

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

Contact details for local Diabetes Pre-pregnancy Clinics

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Northern Health and Social Care Trust
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
Southern Health and Social Care Trust
Western Health and Social Care Trust
View and download the Diabetes Pre-Pregnancy Poster


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.

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
Prescribing of FreeStyle LibreLetter to HSC Trusts' Chief Executives4th December 2017
Prescribing of FreeStyle LibreLetter to GP Practices and Community Pharmacists6th November 2017
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

Contact us

Diabetes Network Programme – Office team members

Clinical Director – Dr Hamish Courtney

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 – diabetes.network@hscni.net

Diabetes Network Members – service users and carers

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.

Service user and carers representative information and claim forms

Title and link to downloadDescriptionDate
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
Role - Service User or Carer RepresentativeDescription of the role of the service user and/or carer representative.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


More links to useful information