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The tackling inequality in diabetes Lab teams and their challenges

Our Challenge Question: How can we tackle inequality in diabetes? 

A map of the UK, with orange tags displaying the location of our Lab teams

Having delved deeper into their communities, our Lab teams, assisted by our contributors, have established who the underserved populations are, and what challenges they're facing. They've used these insights to identify focus areas and framed them as Lab challenge questions. 

After welcoming an additional 5 teams into our Lab in July 2022, we're pleased to have established a wider diversity, both geographically and in focus areas. 

As we get to know our new teams and the work they're doing in more depth, we'll continue to update this page with their bios, so you can keep track too. 

Meet the teams

The North:

Team name: Spectrum-CIC Impact on Diabetes (SID)

Challenge question: How might we improve access to pre-diabetes/early diagnosis support (engagement, self-management...) for patients in prison?

Team name: The Northgate Collaborative

Challenge question: How might we reduce the incidence of Type 2 diabetes amongst patients in Northgate Hospital, Morpeth- a secure mental health setting?

Team name: Tackling Diabetes in SIS

Challenge question: How might we tackle the prevention and management of diabetes in an inpatient secure mental health setting?

West Midlands:

Team name: Diabetes Technology- Engaging and Enabling South Asian Communities

Challenge question: How might we increase the uptake and use of diabetes technologies in 100 patients within the South Asian community in Sandwell? 

Contributor name: Nick Cahm

Areas of interest: Utilising data to help identify insights regarding underserved communities and supporting populations to effectively use diabetes technology. 

East of England:

Team name: Norwich & Norfolk University Hospital (NNUH)

Challenge question: How might the diabetes team at NNUH improve clinical outcomes (reduction in HbA1c, reduction in body mass index, reduction in escalation of diabetes medication) for our 70 Polish patients living with diabetes registered with Grove Road surgery & School Lane surgery, Thetford, Norfolk, by increasing access to structured education?


Team name: Guys & St Thomas’ Trust (GSTT)

Challenge question: How might we increase uptake of diabetic eye-screening by at least 15% by targeting non-attenders (patients with low indices of multiple deprivation (IMD) scores, non-white, older and working-age patient groups) at Tessa Jowell GP surgery?

Team name: African and Caribbean Diabetes Health Forum (ACDHF)

Challenge question: How might we improve the knowledge and self-management of 50-100 Somali people living in NW London living with diabetes?

Contributor name: Nure Alam

Challenge question: How might we increase the uptake of foot health services in Southwark?


Team name: Memory Matters

Challenge question: How might we improve the effective use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring for those living with cognitive impairment as well as type 1 diabetes within 6 months?


This page is a living document and will continue to be updated as the challenges evolve.

This is a Diabetes UK project. Boehringer Ingelheim, Abbott and Dexcom have partnered with Diabetes UK and provided funding for this project and input into its development. There was no involvement or influence in its conceptualisation or delivery.

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