The Diabetes Specialty is one of 30 specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide national networks of research expertise. Our membership is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners at both national and local levels. Our job is to ensure that the diabetes studies that are included in our national portfolio of research receive the right support to ensure they are delivered successfully in the NHS.
About Diabetes research
Diabetes research aims to make advances in diabetes care by improving the coordination and quality of research into type 1 and type 2 diabetes. By focussing on methods of treatment, diagnosis, care and prevention of diabetes, we support a wide range of research.
Patient, carer and public information
To achieve advances in research it is extremely important that the Diabetes Specialty receives input from people affected to help guide its progress.
Enabling understanding of clinical research and its role in improving healthcare is a core objective in the Network. In 2015 the Network’s Workforce, Learning and Organisational Development team partnered with the Digital Learning team at Leeds University to develop a MOOC; ‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’. The MOOC is free, and available to anyone wanting to learn about clinical research.
Eight senior clinical academics joined the ranks of the Network in 2015 as Specialty Cluster Leads. Their role? To ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of clinical research so that NHS patients can continue to benefit from leading-edge treatments. Insight magazine learns why and how.
The population of NIHR Clinical Research Network: North Thames consists of around 80 percent ethnic minority groups and one of the largest communities is Bangladeshi. Traditionally, this group has not engaged with diabetes research, even though they are seven times more likely to have diabetes than white people.
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General enquiries - Diabetes
Patient, carer and public enquiries
New study enquiries (including the life-sciences industry)
Initial enquiries about the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio
Existing study enquiries - non-commercial
Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio