Improving Type 1 Diabetes Care: It’s a Team Sport!
14:00 – 15:15
The (COVID-19) pandemic has brought unprecedented disruption across health and social care settings. The Scottish Diabetes Group and National Diabetes Managed Clinical Network (MCN) supported reforming Type 1 Diabetes (T1DM) services during the pandemic to ensure support for this high risk cohort.
This involved developing virtual services and embedding data sharing within routine care. Ensuring timely access to technologies such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is also key as they have been shown to improve glucose control.
In this session, delegates will hear more about the key areas that were developed during this initiative, which include:
Collaboration- The 2021 Diabetes Improvement Plan has a policy commitment to improve access to technologies. Through collaborative working with the Scottish Health Technologies Group (SHTG), these technologies were evaluated and helped identify cohorts most likely to benefit. Third sector partners, provided vital lived experience.
Efficiency - In parallel there is close collaboration with NHS National Services Scotland’s Procurement team, Scottish Government finance and the national Diabetes MCNs. Identifying demand for technologies has informed procurement contracts, optimising value and accessibility.
Person centred- Investing in optimising T1D care improves quality of life and reduces complications.
Equity- A collaborative ‘Once for Scotland’ approach limits the risk of inequality of access. Effectiveness - will utilise SCI-diabetes, to evaluate the uptake of technologies and assess access and outcomes. The NHS Research Scotland Diabetes network will develop ongoing evaluation of these technologies in practice.
NHS Research Scotland Diabetes Network Manager, University of Dundee
Category Manager, NSS PCF National Procurement
Consultant Diabetes and Endocrinology, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
National Director, Diabetes Scotland