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We write to report on the Association of Children’s Diabetes Clinicians’ (ACDC) national survey on access to continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Sensors (FGS) for children and young people (CYP) with type 1 diabetes (T1DM) in England and Wales.
CGM and FGS allow continuous blood glucose monitoring for patients with T1DM, therefore reducing the need for finger-prick blood testing. CGM provides a continuous interstitial glucose reading, whereas FGS requires 8 hourly scans to provide data with no alarms.
Funding pathways for such devices are complex. While there is clear guidance from The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) with regards to whom CGM should be prescribed,1 access is determined locally by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Some CCGs require individual funding applications (IFAs), whereas others have local policies on who should access devices. The recently published National Health Service (NHS) Long-Term Plan, advises that all individuals meeting published clinical criteria should be able to access FGS devices from April …
Collaborators On behalf of the Association of Children’s Diabetes Clinicians, UK.
Contributors This work was conducted on behalf of the Association of Children’s Diabetes Clinicians. UK. The concept for the survey was developed by the authors. ECF initially drafted the survey which was developed and approved by all the authors. ECF analysed the data and ECF and MN drafted the paper which was edited and approved by all the authors.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent for publication Not required.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
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