Diabetes UK has been instrumental in producing three new resources to help schools and school healthcare professionals support all pupils with diabetes and four other long-term conditions.
The Medical Conditions at School: A Policy Resource Pack, the Medical Conditions Awareness Sessions: A School Healthcare Professional’s Resource and thewww.medicalconditionsatschool.org.ukwebsite were produced by Asthma UK, The Anaphylaxis Campaign, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Diabetes UK and Epilepsy Action in association with the Long-Term Conditions Alliance, Royal College of Nursing and the School and Public Health Nurses Association.
The Medical Conditions at School: A Policy Resource Pack is an aid to help schools develop and implement an effective policy to support children and young people with diabetes at school.
Policy and guidance
Every school in England should have a policy which includes guidance on working with school nurses, teachers, support staff and paediatric diabetes teams.
The Medical Conditions Awareness Sessions: A School Healthcare Professional’s Resource is a training resource, encompassing a high standard of information on all five medical conditions, is the first of its kind.
It aims to help school health care professionals to educate staff on the challenges that children and young people with a medical condition may face in the school environment. It also looks at how these can be overcome in order that they can join in activities with the rest of their class. This information is designed to be delivered in 30-minute sessions.
Hard copies of both these resources are available, and they can also be downloaded atwww.medicalconditionsatschool.org.uk. As well as being for schools and school healthcare professionals, anyone with an interest in supporting children with diabetes in school can get more information from this website.
Parents, children and young people themselves can keep up-to-date and be fully aware of the recommendations for schools, including downloading forms for healthcare plans, school trips and medication administration.