Do I have diabetes?

NHS Somerset statement on Diabetes Loop

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) have recently issued a Hybrid Closed Loop systems – NICE Technology Appraisal in relation to Diabetes treatment and care. This means that that there is an increase in the number of people with type 1 who NICE have recommended should now be eligible to access to Hybrid Closed Loop (HCL) Technology HCL commencing in April 2024 funded by the NHS. In Somerset we recognise that this technology will offer significant advantages to patients.

NHS Somerset is working closely with the both the NHSE Regional Diabetes Team and local hospital services to consider the implications of these guidelines. We will consider the new NICE Technology Appraisal so that this HCL technology is accessible to as many of the appropriate individuals to ensure and achieve the best outcomes for them.  An element of this local review will be to consider the significant resource implications of this change within an already limited budget which will include funding required to implement any revised policy.

This process will take place over the winter months. Once decisions have been made it has been agreed the diabetes teams will start to inform the patients it will affect.

We know that some patients have been eagerly anticipating these NICE recommendations and are very keen to be able to access the technology quickly, however the process we are undertaking will ensure that we are able to offer it to as many people as possible with the appropriate education and support required.

For patients wishing to raise their concerns further please direct them to the Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) team, NHS Somerset

Email or

Telephone 0800 851067

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In Somerset there are already over 30,000 people living with diabetes of whom, 90% will be living with Type 2 diabetes.

However, many people with Type 2 diabetes, are not aware they have it as there are no obvious signs that they have the condition. It’s estimated there could be as many as 10,000 people in Somerset who are undiagnosed and even more at risk of developing the disease in the future.

In many cases people with Diabetes 2 can be managed through life style changes.

Each year, between 2,000 and 2,500 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes.

If people take no action to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes it is estimated that 53,000 people in Somerset could have the disease by 2030.

Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented.