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Insulin pump network launches
A commitment to improve access to insulin pumps for people with diabetes was made by more than 70 healthcare professionals at the launch of a new NHS Diabetes network.
They came together for the National Insulin Pump Network Launch Event held at the Royal College of Physicians, in London, on 3 May.
Heather Stephens, Network Project Manager, said: The network aims to improve access to insulin pumps for people with type 1 diabetes who fit NICE criteria, with appropriate education and support from their diabetes team.
Judging by the overwhelming response we had to the launch event and the passion and enthusiasm shown on the day, we have got a strong starting point. The next step now is to develop a work programme for the year ahead based on the feedback from the event.
Following presentations setting the scene for current insulin pump therapy provision in England, delegates were split into regional groups and asked to consider the model for the network; in particular what they want the network to do and what would need to be in place to make this happen.
The event evaluation showed that 98% of delegates agreed they had had an opportunity to have their say in the development of an insulin pump network and all felt that their objective in attending the launch event had been either fully or partly met.
Meanwhile, consultant physician Peter Hammond, from Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, has agreed to be the networks clinical lead.