Improve Access to Diabetes Technology for Children and Young People with Diabetes Living in Low-Income Households
by Children and Young People's NE and N Cumbria Diabetes Network
Diabetes technology is rapidly developing, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors increasingly require compatible mobile phones and laptops for them to be used efficiently and effectively; with this in mind, high levels of deprivation across NENC are creating a barrier for some families to access this life-changing technology. Simultaneously, hospital trusts need to consider the environmental and sustainable impact of disposing of unneeded IT equipment - this project brings these two seemingly unconnected and challenging situations together and creates a solution for them both by donating repurposed NHS equipment to families for the purpose of accessing diabetes technology and improving outcomes.
"The entry from Children and Young People's NE and N Cumbria Diabetes Network didn’t discriminate between families from different income sectors. It is inclusive and sustainable and the judges liked that they collaborated with people outside of healthcare. Truly an example of equality and diversity, because individuals are using and engaging. "