A new resource to help people with type 1 diabetes understand the options available to them in the NHS has been announced by NHS England.

The new decision support tool, announced by Professor Partha Kar, has been designed to support people to understand what is available in the NHS.

The tool acts as a resource to support discussions between someone living with type 1 diabetes and their healthcare professional about appropriate steps in their care, which they are eligible for and come to a shared decision about the person’s care in managing type 1 diabetes.

The tool aligns with the latest NICE guidelines (NG17, NG18, TA943), and outlines technology accessibility within the NHS, keeping in mind the possible variation in access due to factors like deprivation or ethnicity.

National and local NHS diabetes teams are actively working to reduce this gap, as observed within pregnancy data sets related to continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and Libre among individuals with type 1 diabetes.

The tool will be available in multiple languages to support uptake and access, building on peer support in type 1 diabetes led by NHS England.

NHS England has placed s focus on type 1 diabetes in children and young people as a key area of the CORE20PLUS5 approach to reduce health inequalities.

Despite strides, attention to access to insulin pumps remains essential to bridge gaps for children and young people in the most deprived areas and from ethnic minority backgrounds.

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