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Good Diabetes Care in School Award - FAQs

Good diabetes care in school award

 

 

Q: What is the Good Diabetes Care in School Award?

The Good Diabetes Care in School Award (the Award) is our unique school award launched as part of our Type 1 diabetes: Make the grade campaign. It celebrates and showcases schools across the UK that are delivering good care and support to children and young people with Type 1 diabetes so that they can enjoy the same opportunities at school as other children. 

 

Q: What does the Award aim to do?

It will: 

  • recognises and endorses schools that are delivering good care and those that have made appropriate changes to deliver good diabetes care in school. 
  • showcases and raises the profile of schools that are doing well in order to show that good diabetes care in school is possible. 
  • supports and enables good practice sharing and support amongst schools. 
  • supports and enables schools, parents and healthcare professionals to work together to care for children with diabetes. 
  • enables awarded schools to show the good work that they are doing and show parents that their child is safe at school. 
  • raises awareness of Type 1 diabetes and the need to support children with the condition. 

 

Q: When can nominations be made?

Nominations are currently closed, but will be open again in September 2018. 

 

Q: How long will the Award be valid for?

Successful schools will be offered the Award for 2 years. We will carry out a review of the awarded schools after 12 months to make sure that they continue to meet the award criteria.  

 

Q: Who can apply for the Award?

All primary, middle, secondary schools and sixth form colleges (including state, free, fee paying schools and academies) in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are eligible to be nominated for the Award. 

 

Q: How much does it cost?

There is no nomination fee.

 

Q: What do schools need to demonstrate to get the Award?

The Good Diabetes Care in School Award will be offered to schools that can show that they have: 

  • a coordinated and planned approach to the management of medical conditions. 
  • individualised support and care for children with Type 1 diabetes. 
  • staff who are trained, confident and competent at caring for a child with Type 1 diabetes. 
  • good partnerships and relationships with parents and healthcare professionals. 

 

Q: Who can nominate a school? 

  • Parents/carers of a child with Type 1 diabetes attending the school. 
  • Parents/carers of a child with Type 1 who attended the school in the previous school year. 
  • The child’s paediatric diabetes specialist clinician. 
  • School staff. 
  • School governor. 

 

Q: How can I nominate a school?

Nominations are currently closed, but will be open again in September 2018. 

 

Q: What’s in the award application pack?

The nominated school will receive an award application pack by email, containing the following eight documents, which should be read in the following order: 

  • Applying for the Award: four step guide for schools. 
  • Guidelines for school nominations. 
  • Frequently asked questions. 
  • List of Award application questions. 
  • Notifying parents and carers of your school nomination. 
  • School nomination support form for the parent/carer to fill in. 
  • School nomination support form for the healthcare professional to fill in. 
  • Sample medical conditions policy. 

 

Q: What documents do schools need to include in the Award application?

Before starting the application, the nominated school should make sure that they have the following documents to hand: 

  • a completed and signed school nomination support form – parent/carer (this form is provided in the award application pack)
  • a completed and signed school nomination support form – healthcare professional (this form is provided in the award application pack)
  • an up-to-date copy of the school’s Medical Conditions Policy. For a sample medical conditions policy go to LINK
  • Evidence to show that all parents of children at the nominated school have been informed of the nomination and have been sent a link to the parent survey. See document 5, ‘Notifying parents and carers of your school nomination’ to find out how to do this.

 

Q: What is the parent survey?

This is a short online survey enabling parents of students who attend the nominated school to support or oppose the school’s application for the award. The survey can be found at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/schoolnomination and needs to be advertised. 

 

Q: What are the Award application questions?

The full list of award application questions are included in the award application pack. They are also available online

 

Q: How does a school complete the online Award application?

Once the school has read all the documents in the award application pack, and has all the supporting documents in the above question, they can start the online application here

 

Q: How will Diabetes UK assess the school’s application?

Completed online award applications will be reviewed and assessed by the Diabetes UK Good Diabetes Care in School Award Assessment Panel. The panel is made up by members of the Make the grade campaign team and trained volunteer assessors. The panel will review and select schools for the award. The panel will meet once a month to review all award applications and will select schools for the award. If required, follow-up interviews will be made by one of the working panel with the school and/or supporting parent and healthcare professional. The Award Assessment panel will review all supporting documents and the responses to the parent survey as part of the assessment.

 

Q: What happens if one or more parent/carer of a student opposes the nomination?

If an opposition to the nomination is made via the online parent survey, the Award Assessment group may interview the school, the supporting parent or carer and the supporting healthcare professional. The Award Assessment panel will then make a final decision based on all the evidence gathered on the school’s performance. 

 

Q: When will Diabetes UK announce awarded schools?

Results will be announced in July through social media channels and via email. 
 

 

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