Flash glucose monitoring

The NHS Long Term Plan set out that The NHS will ensure that, in line with clinical guidelines, patients with Type 1 diabetes benefit from life changing flash glucose monitors from April 2019, ending the variation patients in some parts of the country are facing.”

A flash glucose monitor is a wearable sensor which relays blood glucose levels to a smartphone or e-reader, allowing people living with Type 1 diabetes to better manage their condition. National arrangements were published in March 2019 which set out how flash glucose monitoring devices will be funded from 1 April 2019, from funding growth for local health groups.

Prior to 1 April 2019, it was estimated that around 3-5% of people living with Type 1 diabetes in England had access to flash glucose monitors.  The NHS Long Term Plan commitment means that NHS England will reimburse Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for the ongoing costs of flash glucose monitors for people who satisfy the nationally developed clinical criteria. We estimate that this will cover up to 20% of people living with Type 1 diabetes in England.

Implementation is jointly led by NHS England and NHS Improvement’s NHS Diabetes Programme team and Innovation, Research and Life Sciences team.

Further information for patients

Please be advised that the national arrangements above support the use of flash glucose monitors in people living with Type 1 diabetes who meet certain clinical criteria and who would benefit most from these devices.

The criteria have been developed to guide clinicians, and eligibility is normally determined in your annual diabetes review when you have the opportunity to speak to your clinician about your care. Depending on local arrangements this review may be with either your specialist diabetes team or your GP.

If you have further queries or experience any problems these can be directed to your local CCG who are responsible for local implementation of the guidance and for providing flash glucose monitoring.

In addition, the Diabetes UK website contains lots of valuable information about living with Type 1 diabetes which you may find helpful.