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JDRF is undergoing a transformation.
We are becoming Breakthrough T1D in October.

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Making treatments available

Our international research programme means that life-changing treatments and developments for type 1 diabetes are in clinical trials around the world.

Hybrid closed loop technology

As new treatments become available, we want to make sure that they are delivered through the NHS to people with type 1 diabetes as quickly as possible.

Working with the NHS

To achieve this we provide evidence and patient input to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN). These are the two organisations that evaluate which medicines should be prescribed and paid for by the NHS, and provide guidelines to doctors about best treatment practices.

Representing people with type 1

As well as providing input for NICE and SIGN treatment reviews ourselves, we work with industry and researchers to ensure that they are producing appropriate evidence for these two bodies.

We also make sure that patients’ views are represented by asking people with type 1 diabetes to take part in reviews, and we help to keep people with type 1 up to date about the best and latest treatment options so that they can discuss them with their healthcare team.

Type 1 technology

We are a member of the Medical Technology Group (MTG), a coalition of patient groups, research charities and medical device manufacturers working to improve access to cost-effective medical technologies for everyone who needs them.

In 2018 we merged with diabetes technology advocacy group INPUT to address some of the problems which delay adoption of new treatments and technology through the NHS. We also work closely with partners like Diabetes UK to advocate for faster access to technology.

Treatment advocacy news

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Advocacy
1 February 2024

Our letter to the producers of Would I Lie to You?

We wrote to the producers of the hit BBC show after they broadcast jokes about type 1 diabetes.

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A doctor talking to a young woman holding a pen
policy,
23 January 2024

Parliamentary Inquiry calls for urgent action on type 1 and disordered eating

Parliamentary Inquiry chaired by our Global Health Ambassador, Rt. Hon Theresa May MP and Sir George Howarth MP, highlights the risks of type 1 diabetes-related eating disorders (T1DE).

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Hybrid closed loop technology
Type 1 technology
19 December 2023

NICE Approves hybrid closed loop for the majority of people living with type 1 diabetes in England and Wales

In an historic advancement in the treatment of type 1 diabetes, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) today approves hybrid closed loop for the majority of people living with type 1 diabetes in England and Wales.

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Nina Willer, who used hybrid closed loop technology through pregnancy, and her child.
Treatment research
7 November 2023

Hybrid closed loop technology set to be made available in England and Wales

The announcement is the biggest treatment breakthrough for type 1 diabetes since the discovery of insulin.