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Diabetes Programme delivery milestones delayed amid COVID-19

By Editor
3rd April 2020
Coronavirus, Type 1 diabetes Type 2 diabetes

Priorities for the delivery of the Diabetes Programme in the context of the rapidly increasing COVID-19 virus have been laid out by NHS England and NHS Improvement. 

In a letter, Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, Professor Partha Kar, National Specialty Advisor for Diabetes and Tom Newbound, Deputy Programme Director for NHS England’s Diabetes Programme have announced all programme delivery milestones have been paused until autumn 2020.

This includes:

  • four-year Transformation Fund planning (treatment and care)
  • planning for rollout of continuous-glucose monitors in pregnancy for those with type 1 diabetes.

The trio of experts wrote: “Our priorities are to support diabetes services to operate as effectively as possible and to ensure that people living with diabetes and people at risk of type 2 diabetes receive the care that they need.”

A full list of delivery milestones, submission deadlines and reporting requirements were provided with the letter.

They said they “recognise the importance of maintaining diabetes implementation and transformation funding”  particularly as it is often used to fund key services.

They added: “Funding is available within the system to enable these key activities to continue as part of the revised commissioner funding and provider reimbursement arrangements which have already been communicated. This means that delivery of these activities should continue as we move into the new financial year, with further information to follow in due course.”

At the moment diabetes staff both nationally and regionally are prioritising COVID-19 support and remaining time will be committed to continuing diabetes policy work to ensure “we are prepared to return to business as usual when possible”, they said.

Before signing off, the wrote: We hope that this letter provides reassurance and clarity. The work that we have already done to prepare for delivering these commitments has not been lost and will be vitally important as we continue to take the programme forward.

“We also wanted to note the incredible commitment there has been at all levels of the system to support our COVID-19 response. This is a difficult and anxious time. Thank you for your tremendous response.”

To read the full list of delivery milestones, submission deadlines and reporting requirements, click here.

Picture credit: Obi Onyeador

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