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Which clinic can I go to for an insulin pump or CGM?

Uptake of insulin pumps can vary by ten times from clinic to clinic so how do different clinics compare?

Graph showing insulin pump usage
The proportions of patients attending specialist Type 1 diabetes services that use pumps varies tenfold.

The graph above is from the National Diabetes Insulin Pump Audit, 2016-2017 England and Wales, and shows that, whilst insulin pump use in the UK has increased, there is still a huge variability from clinic-to-clinic. The orange line shows the national average in England and the black line shows the national average in Wales, whilst the grey vertical lines show Welsh LHBs. So far we only have statistics on pump use but the national audits should include CGM very soon.

Increase in pump use from 2011 to 2018

The national audits show that pump use has increased significantly between 2011 and 2018 and has stabilised since then.

In 2011 just over 2% of adults with type 1 in England used a pump and just over 8% of children and young people.

Current pump use – National Diabetes Audits and National Paediatric Diabetes Audits

Published in 2019 – National Paediatric Diabetes Audit 2017-18, Diabetes related technologies spotlight audit report

– On 31 March 2018 38.5% of children & young people in England & Wales were using an insulin pump.
– In over 95% of Paediatric Diabetes Units in England, and around 50% in Wales, waiting time from approval to pump start is less than 6 months.
– The beneficial outcomes of insulin pump therapy vary widely depending on which clinic they attend. To see how your clinic compares click on the link above and download the unit level audit summary for diabetes-related technologies.

Published in 2019 – National Diabetes Audit Insulin Pump Report 2017-18

– Pump use in adults with type 1 diabetes in England is approx 17-18% and in Wales approx 6%.
– The proportion of people with type 1 diabetes who are on an insulin pump varies from less than five per cent in some specialist services to over 40 per cent in others. To see how your clinic compares with others click on the link above and download the interactive report (England / Wales)

For information about uptake in Scotland please contact IPAGScotland

We do not currently have published audit data for Northern Ireland.