Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and flash glucose monitoring (trade name Freestyle Libre©) are alternatives to traditional blood glucose monitoring using finger prick tests. Both constantly monitor the levels of glucose in the body, although there are some practical differences about how they work, and who they are most suitable for. The most important practical difference is that CGM technology includes an audible alarm function which can alert the user when the glucose levels become too low or too high.
NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG commission both CGM and flash glucose monitoring for specified groups of people with diabetes via specialist diabetes centres. More details are available in the policies below.
The CCG continues to commission traditional self-monitoring of blood glucose using finger prick tests for all patients with diabetes who require it to manage their condition effectively. Our guidance on this can be read here.
- Policy for Continuous Glucose Monitoring in diabetes
- Policy for commissioning of Flash Glucose Monitoring for patients with diabetes meeting the NHS England funding criteria
- Equality analysis for these polices are available to read here.