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Improvements to paediatric diabetes service

Posted on Monday 20th May 2013
Paul Whitehead

Paul Whitehead, Clinical Director for Paediatrics

Children with diabetes in North Cumbria are set to benefit from an improved service following the decision to invest in more specialist support.

The improved service will provide medical, nursing and dietetic input at each clinic visit together with additional contacts between clinics where helpful to families. Psychology support will also be offered.

The aim of these changes is to improve the support to children and young people up to the age of 18 and their families to improve the control of their diabetes to reduce the impact it has on their lives.

Previously paediatric diabetes services were provided by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust in the north and east of the county, and by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in West Cumbria, but North Cumbria University Hospitals will take over the running of the service in the west of the county from June.

Paul Whitehead, Clinical Director for Paediatrics at North Cumbria University Hospitals, explained the benefits of the changes to patients. “The changes will mean we are able to offer a more joined up service, developing a specialist multi-disciplinary team including dietitians and psychologists,” he said. “This is a development of the existing service and means young people will now have access to specific paediatric dietetic support for the first time.

“Our aim is to promote the physical, psychological, intellectual, educational and social development of children and young people with diabetes, and maintain their long-term health and independence.”

NICE guidance states that the diabetes care team should include members with appropriate training in clinical, educational, dietetic, lifestyle, mental health and foot care aspects of diabetes for children and young people. Under the previous arrangements, some gaps have been identified in this team, so recruitment is taking place to ensure the highest quality service is offered to all patients across north and west Cumbria.