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 tested 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 worked 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 were invited to join the group clinics and their experiences were studied closely to see if this care model might offer advantages.

The Together study was a joint project involving Queen Mary University of London, Barts Health NHS Trust, AYPH, University College London and the University of Oxford.  The study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research.  A briefing paper summarising the project was published in April 2020, and further publications are in the pipeline.

For more information:

For more information about the study, please see

  • the initial one page project summary here,
  • a leaflet prepared for young people who took part in the clinics
  • the study protocol in the BMJ Open in 2017,
  • a short report on the activities during the first year of the project, as at September 2018,
  • our peer reviewed realist review summarising the evidence for group clinics published in Diabetes Care in 2019, and
  • the overall briefing paper published in April 2020.

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