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Diabetes services still failing children and young people

A report released today by the children and young people with diabetes working group shows that current diabetes care does not meet the needs of children and young people and calls for a major change in the way services for this specific group are delivered.

The report, 'Making every young person with diabetes matter - report of the children and young people with diabetes working group', looks into the current standards of children’s diabetes services and makes recommendations and guidance in a number of areas including:

  • commissioning
  • organisation of care
  • provisional services
  • workforce.

Diabetes UK was one of the organisations that took part in the children and young people with diabetes working group.

Recommendations include the need to involve children and young people when designing services as well as taking into account local community needs and encouraging school staff to be more involved in helping young people manage their diabetes. The report is also calling for an improved transition between young people’s and adult services.

"This report shows that there is a critical need for services to be more targeted around the specific needs of children and young people with diabetes," said Simon O'Neill, Director of Care, Information and Advocacy Services at Diabetes UK.

"As the prevalence of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes continues to increase it is essential that we act now so that young people can reduce their risk of developing the various complications of diabetes in later life."

Diabetes UK welcomes the fact that, to follow up on the report findings, Dr Sheila Shribman - National Clinical Director for Children, Young People and Maternity - will now be leading an implementation group to ensure the report's recommendations get translated into improvement on the frontline.

The full report can be downloaded on the right, or from the Department of Health website where you will also find details of how to order hard copies.

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