Locally, various groups and networks have supported improvement in diabetes care in the North East. NHS Diabetes took a regional coordinating role in this until 2013 when it ceased to exist following national organisational transition.

Under the auspices of Strategic Clinical Networks the Diabetes Clinical Network was established. In November 2013 the Diabetes Advisory Group formed with an overarching aim of providing leadership, bringing together all of those who provide and commission diabetes within our regional footprint so that they can share insights, work together to support continuous improvement and high quality outcomes for adults with or at risk of developing diabetes.

One example that demonstrates regional collaborative working to improve patient care was regional consensus. The Diabetes Network was a finalist in the Quality in Care Diabetes Awards 2016 for the category of ‘Patient Care Pathway – Adults’ for regional consensus for insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring provision.

The primary objectives of the Diabetes Network are:

  • To support the delivery and implementation of the national Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP).
  • To support the delivery of increased and improved participation in the National Diabetes Audit and uptake of care processes to reduce unwarranted variation.
  • To support the delivery and implementation of the Diabetes Treatment and Care Programme.
  • To support the delivery of improved diabetic foot care across Northern England ensuring adequate capacity is in place to reduce major amputation rates ensuring early referral to multidisciplinary teams for assessment.
  • To raise awareness of the CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework and support local CCGs as identified as having poor outcomes to help them identify the opportunities for local improvement, and develop plans to deliver improvements.
  • To support the national programme in aspects of patient involvement and reducing inequalities/variation (where appropriate).

Network Manager:

Ian Railton

Diabetes Clinical Leads:

  • Dr Rahul Nayar, Diabetes Clinical Lead
  • Dr Caroline Sprake, Primary Care Clinical Lead for Diabetes
  • Annette Routledge, Network Nurse Clinical Lead (Inpatient Care)