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CGM pledge for pregnant woman with type 1 diabetes outlined in NHS plan

By Editor
7th January 2019
NHS England, Pregnancy Technology Type 1 diabetes Type 2 diabetes Type 2 prevention

The NHS will provide continuous glucose monitors to all women with type 1 diabetes during pregnancy by 2021, it was announced today in a new ten-year plan for the health service.

People with type 1 diabetes will also benefit from flash glucose monitors from April 2019 in line with clinical guidelines to end “variation”, according to the The NHS Long Term Plan.

The plan also revealed:

  • The Healthier You: National Diabetes Prevention Programme will have digital access from 2019
  • All hospitals in future will provide access to multidisciplinary footcare teams and diabetes inpatient specialist nursing teams to “improve recovery and to reduce lengths of stay and future readmission rates”
  • People who are newly diagnosed with diabetes will be supported to manage their own health by the increased provision of structured education and digital self-management support tools, including expanding access to HeLP Diabetes an online self-management tool for those with type 2 diabetes.
  • More people will achieve the recommended diabetes treatment targets through “continuing investment in supporting delivery across primary care”.

The move to ensure “all pregnant women with type 1 diabetes will be offered continuous glucose monitoring, helping to improve neonatal outcomes” by 2020/21 comes on the back of evidence gained from the JDRF-funded CONCEPTT study.

Dr Partha Kar, Associate National Clinical Director for Diabetes for NHS England was instrumental in orchestrating this dynamic move.

JDRF’s Chief Executive in the UK, Karen Addington said: “Type 1 diabetes can be tough to live with. Pregnant women with the condition face particular challenges. Today’s news will help keep mothers and their babies healthy. It will help set world standards for provision of medical technology for pregnant women with type 1 diabetes. We’re delighted. But we’ll keep pushing for better provision of all type 1 diabetes tech for all kinds of people with the condition – right across the UK.

“This victory is thanks in large part to the strength of JDRF research. It was also achieved by the determination of JDRF supporters, Dr Partha Kar, NHS England, Diabetes UK and other committed collaborators.”

There is an emphasis on harnessing the power of digital technology to improve access to healthcare and also the prevention of type 2 diabetes in the strategy.

Summarising, it stated: “The NHS will increase its contribution to tackling some of the most significant causes of ill health, including new action to help people stop smoking, overcome drinking problems and avoid type 2 diabetes, with a particular focus on the communities and groups of people most affected by these problems.”

Other highlights outside of diabetes, include plans to extend mental health services to an extra 350,000 children and young people and also an additional 380,000 adults by 2024. Also according to the plan, access to GP will be made digitally and people will be able to view their own health records online.

To access The NHS Long Term Plan, click here.

Photo credit: William Stitt

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