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Diabetes Network – Structure and working groups

Network Structure

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The Diabetes Network for NI is made up of a Diabetes Network Programme Board supported by a Network Executive and the following regional, local, sub groups and task and finish groups:

  • Regional Groups (links to the Programme Board) –
    • Primary Care Liaison Group,
    • Paediatrics Network,
    • Communications Group.
  • Local Groups (links to the Programme Board) –
    • Belfast, Northern, South Eastern, Southern & Western Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts,
    • Locality HSC Trust Collectives.
  • Sub Groups and Task and Finish Groups (these are short time bound groups to support particular pieces of work as required to support innovation – reports to the Network Executive and Board)
    • diabetes foot care,
    • diabetes in pregnancy,
    • inpatients,
    • young adults,
    • structured diabetes education,
    • prevention,
    • data,
    • new models of care,
    • digital, and
    • workforce/training.

Each Network Sub-group and Network Forum has a dedicated Network Chair (see below).

Sub-group and Forum chairs

Working Group
Departmental Regional Oversight Group Professor Sir Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health (DoH)
Network Board Jennifer Welsh, Chief Executive, Northern (Health and Social Care) Trust
Network Executive Dr Hamish Courtney,
Consultant Endocrinologist,
Belfast HSC Trust and Diabetes Network Clinical
Chairs Forum Dr Hamish Courtney
Data and Standards Joanne McKissick, Diabetes Network Lead
Workforce, Education and Training Dr Hamish Courtney
Foot Care Bronagh Monaghan, Consultant Podiatrist in Diabetes
Inpatients Care Dr Anthony Lewis, Consultant Endocrinology and Diabetes, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
New Models of Care Dr Elaine King GP (Southern Area), Diabetes Network Deputy Clinical Director
Patient Education Donna Hanlon, Practice Nurse (Northern Area)
Diabetes in Pregnancy Dr Ciara Mulligan, Consultant Endocrinologist, South Eastern HSC Trust
Prevention of Type 2 disease Vacant
Young Adults To be confirmed
Digital Technology to support people living with diabetes Dr Una Graham, Consultant Endocrinologist, Belfast HSC Trust
Regional Primary Care Dr Elaine King
Communications Joanne McKissick, Diabetes Network Lead
Regional Paediatric Network Dr Joanne McClean, Consultant, Public Health Agency (PHA)
Insulin Pumps Group Dr Una Graham
Ambulance Service Pathways Sophie Lusby, Strategic Planning and Performance Group

Effective involvement

The Network recently welcomed 28 people living with diabetes as members of our network working groups and are supporting them to share their lived experience in partnership with Diabetes UK.

People living with diabetes are represented across our programme structure, contributing to improving treatment and care for people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland.

Diabetes Network Members – service users and carers

As a member of our network service user and carers representatives contribute to decision making and share their experience to help improve diabetes services in NI.

Members of the Network work in partnership with Specialist Diabetes Consultants, Doctors, Diabetes Specialist Nurses and Dietitians, GPs, Pharmacists, Podiatrists, Midwives and Diabetes Service Managers.

This voluntary role includes a package of full support and training.

Diabetes Network Programme Office team members

Clinical Director –┬áDr Hamish Courtney

Commissioning Lead – Ms Sophie Lusby

Programme Lead – Joanne McKissick