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Diabetes care for children and young people

All children and young people with Type 1 diabetes and their families should have access to the best possible care. They should be offered an ongoing integrated package of care by a multidisciplinary paediatric diabetes care team and be involved in decisions that affect them.

Use the following resources and tools to improve care for children and young people with diabetes.

Publications

How to improve transition for young people with diabetes (Diabetes UK, September 2017) (PDF, 123KB)

Diabetes UK How to improve transition for young people with diabetes

This guide provides some practical tips, tools and solutions for improving transition from child to adult services for young people with diabetes.

A guide for young people moving into adult care (Diabetes UK, January 2017) (PDF, 298KB)

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This guide explains what young people can expect to happen during their transition and the care and support they should receive from the NHS.

Transforming care for young people with Type 1 diabetes in Hillingdon, Diabetes UK (January 2015) (PDF, 298KB)

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This bright idea resource describes how multidisciplinary clinics and psychological therapy groups for young people with Type 1 diabetes have been integrated into schools in Hillingdon, increasing attendance rates and reducing time spent away from class.

Essential reading

Shared practice examples

  • Transition to adult care: Ready Steady Go, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust website (2015)

    This website presents Ready Steady Go, a transition programme for children 11 years onwards. Resources include information leaflets, a transition plan and a series of questionnaires for parents and children to help them prepare, plan and move to adult services.This website presents Ready Steady Go, a transition programme for children 11 years onwards. Resources include information leaflets, a transition plan and a series of questionnaires for parents and children to help them prepare, plan and move to adult services.
  • STYLe: a new approach to adolescent patients, Diabetes on the Net website (2014) (free, login required)

    This article presents the Safe Transition to Young adult Life (STYLe) initiative at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, where transition processes for young adults with diabetes at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust were redesigned to include person led consultations and flexible access to diabetes services.This article presents the Safe Transition to Young adult Life (STYLe) initiative at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, where transition processes for young adults with diabetes at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust were redesigned to include person led consultations and flexible access to diabetes services.
  • Supporting families to live well toolkit, Diabetes Modernisation Initiative website (2014)

    This toolkit explains how the Diabetes Modernisation Initiative supported the development of a formal alliance between three local hospital providers and improved diabetes services for children and young people in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, and beyond.This toolkit explains how the Diabetes Modernisation Initiative supported the development of a formal alliance between three local hospital providers and improved diabetes services for children and young people in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, and beyond.

Resources

E-learning

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