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Type 2 diabetes Priority Setting Partnership

Tell us what you think is important about Type 2 diabetes research and change lives


We want to find the research priorities of people with Type 2 diabetes, carers and healthcare professionals. We want to give you a louder voice in research. Whether you’re a research expert or not, you can take part. We want to hear from people with different experiences and backgrounds.

Over 2,500 people took part last year, submitting over 8,000 ideas! We’ve turned those ideas into a list of 114 research priorities.

Now we need your help to find the Top 10


We need you

We can’t do this alone. We need you to choose the questions about Type 2 diabetes you most want answered by research. 

If you want your voice heard, read our frequently asked questions and take part


What will Diabetes UK do with the results? 

The Top 10 priorities will help us decide what Type 2 diabetes research to fund. We will make sure other research funders know how important your priorities are. This way, we can make research more relevant to people dealing with Type 2 diabetes every day. 

How will Diabetes UK store and use the information that I give them? 

We can't identify you from your answers and will keep the information you provide secure. We won’t collect your contact details.

Do I need to think of a research idea? 

No, over 2,500 people have already done that. We need you to choose the questions on this list that are most important to you. 


Why this matters

  • No one understands Type 2 diabetes better than those who live it or care for those who do. This will help researchers to take your valuable views on board. 

  • Other medical charities have seen major benefits from finding research priorities this way. It will encourage investments in research.

  • It will help us to shape the future of Type 2 diabetes research. Other research funders recognise this priority setting process. 

  • It will direct research to where it’s needed most, by highlighting the top unanswered questions. 

  • It makes sure research isn’t duplicated, as the final Top 10 will only include questions that haven't been answered.

How it works

This survey will be open from mid-April until mid-May 2017. After this, we’ll take the short-listed research questions to a final workshop. The face-to-face workshop will involve people with Type 2 diabetes and healthcare professionals. Together, they will agree the final Top 10. 


Who’s involved?

The Priority Setting Partnership is funded by Diabetes UK, and will be guided and overseen by a steering group. The steering group includes people living with Type 2 diabetes, healthcare professionals, Diabetes UK and the James Lind Alliance. 

  • Mick Browne, Patient representative
  • Emily Burns, Diabetes UK
  • Desiree Campbell-Richards, Research Nurse at Newham University Hospital 
  • Ali Chakera, Consultant at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton
  • Katherine Cowan, James Lind Alliance Advisor
  • Ann Daly, Independent Information Specialist
  • Andrew Farmer, Professor of General Practice at the University of Oxford and associate general practitioner at South Oxford Health Centre
  • Sarah Finer, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Martin Jenner, Patient representative
  • Davina Krakovic-Patel, Diabetes UK
  • Paul McArdle, NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow and Lead Clinical Dietitian at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Leanne Metcalf, James Lind Alliance Advisor
  • Anna Morris, Diabetes UK
  • Simon O’Neill, Diabetes UK
  • Paul Robb, Patient representative
  • Elizabeth Robertson, Diabetes UK
  • Krishna Sarda, Diabetes UK
  • Kamini Shah, Diabetes UK
  • Jenny Stevens, Patient representative
  • Angelina Whitmarsh, Patient representative

*This survey is anonymous – you won’t be asked for your name. Diabetes UK is using SurveyMonkey to collect the responses online, and we’ve set up the survey so that the IP address of your computer won’t be collected when you submit your responses.