How do I enrol for the Diabetes Digital Coach?

The Diabetes Digital Coach will be launched later this year. If you’d like to register an interest in signing up, then fill in this simple form and we’ll be in touch as soon as enrolment opens. Please click here to register.

What is a test bed?

Diabetes Digital Coach is one of seven test beds announced by NHS England in January 2016. Each of these test beds is pioneering and evaluating the use of novel combinations of interconnected devices such as wearable monitors, data analysis and ways of working to address a locally-identified clinical challenge and help people stay well and monitor their conditions themselves at home.

A joint programme between NHS England, the Office for Life Science, the Department of Health and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, NHS Test Beds bring together local health and social care bodies including CCGs, hospital trusts, primary and community care providers with a wide range of innovators from home and abroad.
The test beds will be rigorously evaluated, with the aim to provide evidence that will give more areas the confidence to adopt the innovations over the coming years.
Find out about all seven Test Beds.

Are the test beds part of NHS England’s ‘Five Year Forward View’?

Test beds are a key strand of the NHS Five Year Forward View, and will help realise the ambition of reforming the NHS so that it is fit to face the challenges of the 21st Century - particularly an ageing population and an increase in patients with long-term health conditions – while remaining financially sustainable. The test beds programme will look to combine innovations in a whole-system way, so that their impact is bigger than the sum of their parts.

Will Diabetes Digital Coach form part of local Sustainability & Transformation Plans?

The West of England AHSN (the organisation leading the project) is working closely with the leads for our three STPs in the region to provide ongoing strategic support, and the Diabetes Digital Coach forms part of this offer to them.

How will you evaluate the success of the project?

Evaluation is an essential aspect of the Diabetes Digital Coach test bed. The aim of the project is to see if and how technology can improve the lives of people with all types of diabetes. You can read here how we plan to do this.