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Omnipod 5 becomes the latest hybrid closed loop system available in the UK

Insulet, the company who make Omnipod® products, has announced that their Omnipod® 5 hybrid closed loop (HCL) technology is now available in the UK.
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Mary-Liz McGrath 21 June 2023

A woman standing in a park using the Omnipod 5 system for type 1 diabetes

Insulet, the company who make Omnipod® products, has announced that their Omnipod® 5 hybrid closed loop (HCL) technology is now available in the UK.

What is Omnipod 5?

Omnipod 5 is the first tubeless hybrid closed loop system. The pod-style insulin pump integrates with the Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor (CGM) via the Omnipod 5 Controller.

What features does this HCL system have?

Omnipod 5 has an integrated algorithm called the ‘SmartBolus Calculator’, which automatically responds to your CGM glucose value and trend, so you don’t have to. It also comes with an activity feature which, when enabled, reduces insulin delivery, and raises the glucose target in situations where you need less insulin, for example when exercising.

A graphic of the Omnipod 5

The insulin pump

Similar to the Omnipod DASH, the insulin pump in the Omnipod 5 system is a new version of Insulet’s wireless pod-style pumps. The new pump in the Omnipod 5 system is waterproof and enhanced with SmartAdjust™ technology. The device automatically increases, decreases, or pauses basal insulin delivery every five minutes based on your personal target glucose levels.

The continuous glucose monitor

The Omnipod 5 HCL system only works with the Dexcom G6 sensor. This CGM has shareability and alert features. Dexcom D6 is available on the NHS through your diabetes clinic or can be purchased separately from the Omnipod 5.

Will Omnipod 5 be available on the NHS?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE, the body which advises the NHS on treatments and technologies), is currently reviewing its recommendations for HCL technology to be made available on the NHS. We are expecting NICE’s final decision in September.

Omnipod 5 is now available on the NHS frameworks and Insulet is working with NHS Trusts to make Omnipod 5 available locally as rapidly as possible. Please check availability with your local diabetes team at your next planned consultation. Insulet also has a team dedicated to support you with this and product related queries. you can contact Insulet by calling 0800 011 6132 and pressing option 4 or by emailing

Who can use Omnipod 5?

The Omnipod 5 HCL system is approved for people with type 1 diabetes who are aged 2 years and older.

Our CEO, Karen Addington, said:

“With NICE set to recommend hybrid closed loop in England and Wales later this year, we are delighted that more hybrid closed loop systems such as the Omnipod 5 are becoming available to help people manage their type 1 diabetes. Diabetes management is very personal, so access to a range of technology options is crucial. A wider choice of hybrid closed loop systems offers people with type 1 evidence-based technology they can trust to support them to manage their condition with confidence.”

How does Omnipod 5 work?

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