Diabetes Network NI

Closed 31 Aug 2020

Opened 5 Aug 2020



You are invited to complete the following short 10 minute survey.  Your responses will be analysed to help inform how The Northern Ireland Diabetes Network can address what you as a person living with diabetes or carer of a person living with diabetes think we should be trying to achieve to improve diabetes care and treatment.

We bring together people living with diabetes, carers, and health and social care professionals working in partnership with Diabetes UK. The work of the Network contributes towards achieving the Northern Ireland Governments Making Lives Better Strategy, Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together and the Diabetes Strategic Framework 2016. The aim is to improve clinical outcomes for people living with diabetes, or at risk of developing diabetes and deliver evidence-based and co-designed services that are person-centred, support self-management; and are seamless, responsive and accessible.


Together we have achieved a lot, launching the regional foot care pathway on World Diabetes Day, 4 November 2019 to provide access to timely specialist care at the right place and time for those that need it. During Covid, in response to patient concerns and service pressures we developed a regional clinical diabetes helpline to provide additional clinical access to support people living with diabetes including some out of hours cover. We have listened and improved including virtual consultations to support, printing leaflets and posters to reinforce and sharing lessons across our Trust teams to ensure treatment and care remain the priority by adapting to support you.


Our goal, to improve diabetes treatment and care for people across Northern Ireland is significant, and there is more to do.


The Network comprises a number of task and finish groups which cover feet care, diabetes in pregnancy, diabetes structured education, technology, new models of care, inpatient overnight hospital stays and more. Groups will focus on a range of priorities in diabetes treatment and care including the below 9 priorities:

  1. collecting more data about people living with diabetes in order to improve health outcomes,
  2. planning and provision of insulin pumps across N. Ireland and ensuring effective planning is in place for a specially trained workforce
  3. continued implementation of the diabetes foot care pathway
  4. improved outcomes for diabetes in pregnancy
  5. improved inpatient care for people living with diabetes
  6. tailored services for young adults
  7. standardised patient education across N. Ireland 
  8. exploring new / alternative models of care for people living with type 2 diabetes,
  9. prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Why we are seeking your views

Your response and experience will help us to connect with people living with diabetes and their carers across Northern Ireland and find out what is a priority to improve diabetes management treatment and care.

As we relaunch our work programme in 2020 we want to hear from you.

We have a series of priorities to deliver against.  These were publicly consulted on and are outlined in the Diabetes Strategic Framework (November 2016). We are reviewing these again and identifying where to focus efforts.  We want to know what priorities are most pressing based on your experience.

This survey complements a series of  Network personal and public involvement workstreams to strengthen information sharing and engagement such as the 10,000 voices project. This survey is not a new consultation but rather it is a pulse check. We are asking you, 3 years on, what you think of current diabetes health and social care services across Northern Ireland in 2020 and what areas you think are most important for further improvements.

Thank you for taking the time to support our work to improve the lives of people living with diabetes, carers, and health and social care professionals working in partnership with Diabetes UK.

GDPR - This information is being collected under public task and will be used solely for the purposes intended. The personal information collected will be used to get in contact with you to inform you further about the diabetes network NI and will not be shared outside The Health and Social Care Board. All data will be destroyed as soon as there is no business reason to keep it and data will be reviewed in line with our disposal and retention policy.


What happens next

Thank you for accessing the Diabetes Network NI Survey.

Our survey closed at midnight on 31 August 2020. We appreciate the contributions we have received from people living with diabetes and their carers which will inform and support our Programme Refresh.

This survey was a pulse check on the priorities that the Diabetes Strategic Framework set in November 2016. Our Survey was not a consultation but an opportunity to find out three years on, if there are certain areas where we should place particular emphasis as we refresh our work programme, based on people’s experiences.

For more information on the work of the Diabetes Network, please click on the link below for our website:



  • All stakeholders


  • Engagement