Skip to main content

Mid and South Essex Combined

Initial response from Basildon and Brentwood CCG (also Thurrock and Mid Essex)

FOI Request: FreeStyle Libre Glucose Monitoring Sensors
Our Reference Number: 1819416

Dear Mr Cahm,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG on 13th March 2019. The information is currently being collated and a response will be sent to you no later than 20 working days. The deadline is calculated to be 12th April 2019.

If you have any queries regarding your request, please do not hesitate to contact the FOI team on this email address.

A reply from the Diabetes Clinic (15/3)

Dear Nick
Thank you for the letter. I will direct this to our team lead who will answer this when she is next in the office next week.
Hope that is ok.

and a second reply on 18/3:

Hi Nick,

Thank you for your letter. From a DSN point of view we are keen to prescribe. We are bound by our medicines management team and we are awaiting instructions of how and when we can prescribe. This to be in line with our STP.


Also to note this meds management team cover Basildon and Brentwood and Thurrock CCG. The STP we are part of also includes Castle Point and Rochford, Southend and Mid Essex.


Final Response from CCG (now with Policy Document)


We are currently implementing the National Guidance which NHSE published on March 19th 2019 and a new Value-based Commissioning Policy will be in place from 1st April 2019.   

From 1st April 2019, patients assessed by specialist teams as meeting the policy criteria will be able to access Freestyle Libre funded by the NHS, with the initial supply coming from the hospital and then prescribing by GPs once they have been authorised to prescribe by the specialists. 

The Policy document, patient agreement forms and FAQs will be available on the website from 1st April 2019.

The policy is published here: Updated Libre Policy Mid and South Essex STP

Comments

Anonymous said…
The first criteria used by the STP appears to be contrary to the national guidance in that they will only prescribe to ‘poorly controlled’ diabetics.
Is it possible to challenge them on this?
Nick said…
Yes, this has been challenged....the East of England in general have been so confused by their own Prescription Advisory Committee that it's embarrassing. The next push will come when the April prescribing data is released, in about a month's time.

Popular posts from this blog

Abbott dX 2022 Barcelona - "Make it Count"

For the past four years I've been invited by Abbott to a conference bringing together people with diabetes from across Europe to discuss various topics.  The first year I was meant to attend, it was my 'man v horse' year (the horse won!), so was unable to attend and then the pandemic hit so two further dX's were held virtually.  I was fortunate to be asked to present at last year's session.  This year's event was back in-person and held in Barcelona, coinciding with the latter part of the ATTD conference.   At this point, I must make it very clear - Abbott invited me to the 2022 European Diabetes Exchange forum (dX), that took place in Barcelona.  I attended this two-day event to connect and interact with inspirational and influential people in the diabetes community.  Abbott paid for my ticket and accommodation. #InvitedbyAbbott.  This is formal and it needs to be - I have not been required to do anything by Abbott as a result of my attendance and I hope that m

4.0!

Took my levels this morning and they were at the magic 4.0mmol/l level (72 in US units)! Had a biscuit in celebration! Latest graph above. Seems less predictable than I thought, but at least I am now generally below 10 most of the time. I believe I am however in the 'Honeymoon Period'. This is the time when the body is still producing a little insulin and therefore your levels are easier to control. I don't think that it lasts long. A thick blanket of snow has fallen during the night. I was meant to be going to London today, but I think I'll give it a miss. My daughter (2) saw the snow and got very excited. She had not been out in snow before. We had an excellent half hour out the front of the house making tracks and getting cold! In my nice warm office now drinking a big mug of tea and looking at the snow continuing to fall. Won't be late home tonight.

Freestyle Liberating

So,what's all the fuss about? Today's graph with two Nutella-covered wraps - no Low Carb here! The Abbott Freestyle Libre is a paradigm-changing piece of medical equipment.  It has been warmly embraced by many of the diabetic community since its launch almost three years ago (its birthday is on 16th October).  So what's all the fuss about and is it justified? In my opinion, yes , but with some important caveats, especially with how you use it and interpret the results.  These are my tips for getting the most out of it: Use it for trends - stop thinking you need to compare it to other meters.  The only reason you should continue to test traditionally is to meet requirements of DVLA.  OK, if you are hypo-unaware, I can see logic in checking.  Yes, it can be 'inaccurate' but that's hard to quantify.  If you're far enough into your journey with diabetes, you should have a fair idea of what the scan is going to show.  If it doesn't match