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Diabetes Network – Structure and working groups

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Network Structure

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The Diabetes Network for NI is made up of a Diabetes Network Programme Board supported by a Network Executive and the following regional, local, sub groups and task and finish groups:

Each Network Sub-group and Network Forum has a dedicated Network Chair (see below).

Sub-group and Forum chairs

Working Group
Chair
Departmental Regional Oversight Group Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health (DoH)

Jackie Johnston, DoH

Network Board Jennifer Welsh, Chief Executive, Northern (Health and Social Care) Trust
Network Executive Dr Hamish Courtney,
Consultant Endocrinologist,
Belfast HSC Trust and Diabetes Network Clinical
Chairs Forum Dr Hamish Courtney
Data and Standards To be confirmed
Workforce, Education and Training Under development
Foot Care Bronagh Monaghan, Consultant Podiatrist in Diabetes
Inpatients Care Dr Anthony Lewis, Consultant
New Models of Care Joanne McKissick (Interim Chair)
Diabetes Network Lead
Patient Education Avril Redmond, Clinical Services Manager for Endo/Diabetes and renal, Northern HSC Trust
Diabetes in Pregnancy Interim Chair, Professor David McCance, Consultant endocrinology and Diabetes
Prevention of Type 2 disease Jason White, Assistant Director for Promoting Health and Wellbeing South Eastern HSC Trust
Retinopathy To be confirmed
Young Adults To be confirmed
Digital Technology to support people living with diabetes Dr Una Graham, Consultant Endocrinologist, Belfast HSC Trust
Regional Primary Care Vacant
Communications Joanne McKissick, Diabetes Network Lead
Regional Paediatric Network Joanne McClean, Consultant, Public Health Agency (PHA)
Insulin Pumps Group Sophie Lusby, Lead Commissioner, Health and Social Care Board (HSCB)
Diabetes Network Regional Clinical Helpline Co-chaired by: Dr Hamish Courtney and Joanne McKissick, Diabetes Network Lead, HSCB
Ambulance Service Pathways Sophie Lusby, HSCB

 

Effective involvement

The Network recently welcomed 28 people living with diabetes as members of our network working groups and are supporting them to share their lived experience in partnership with Diabetes UK.

People living with diabetes are represented across our programme structure, contributing to improving treatment and care for people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland.

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.

Diabetes Network Programme Office team members

Clinical Director – Dr Hamish Courtney

Commissioning Lead – Ms Sophie Lusby

Programme Lead – Joanne McKissick

Project Manager – Rachel Leonard