TOGETHER group clinics study

TOGETHER group clinics study

Young people living with diabetes usually have their medical care delivered in 1-to-1 appointments with health professionals. Living with diabetes while making the transition to adulthood can be a challenging one, and people sharing this experience may be able to learn from and support each other.

This project is testing a ‘group clinic’ model for young people with diabetes in Newham, to see if working together could better support them to improve their health and live with the condition.

The Together study is working closely with young adults themselves to co-design the group clinics care model, along with practitioners, youth workers and organisations such as Diabetes UK.  Young adults are then invited to join the group clinics and their experiences are being studied closely to see if this care model might offer advantages.

The Together study is a joint project involving Queen Mary University of London, Barts Health NHS Trust, AYPH, University College London and the University of Oxford.  The study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

For more information:

If you are attending a group (or thinking of doing so) and want to talk to someone about it, contact Grainne Colligan

For more information about the study, please see a one page project summary here and we also published the study protocol in the BMJ Open in 2017

Click here for a short report on the activities during the first year of the project, as at September 2018

Two longer reports summarising both the first round of co-production can be found here and the second here.

A leaflet prepared for young people who took part in the clinics can also be downloaded.

Our published realist review summarising the evidence for group clinics was published in Diabetes Care in 2019, and can be read here

As more publications become available we will be making them available on this site.

ContactGrainne Colligan at QMUL, or Ann Hagell and Jeremy Sachs at AYPH