Our Paediatric Diabetes Team is now well established, and maintains excellent links between patient and family, hospital and GP, inpatient and outpatient departments, school and with the Young Person’s Clinic for young adults leaving the paediatric service.
Members of our diabetes team are:
We work closely with our colleagues in the Psychology Department, as well as Children’s Outpatients nursing staff and clerical staff, Children’s Ward and Observation Unit nurses, doctors and paediatric secretaries, and the Children’s Community Nursing Team and play therapists. We work hard to help children and their families manage their diabetes effectively and appropriately, in a supportive and holistic manner, taking into account the way they want to live their lives and the things they want to do as much as is possible. We aim to be supportive, not critical or judgemental; also to be available for advice, in person or by phone, throughout the week. At any time a young person or family can obtain advice about problems with their child’s diabetes by ringing the on-call paediatric registrar, however, during office hours advice can be sought from the diabetes team. We now offer a robust insulin pump service, which is continuing to grow. We can offer insulin pumps to all children and young people giving them choice of pumps with the latest technology. We refer to NICE guidance for our pump criteria when selecting children and young people.
We aim to teach children and their families the skills and knowledge they need to manage their diabetes well. We regularly liaise with our colleagues in different paediatric diabetes services across the North West to ensure we are providing best practice. We are part of the North West Paediatric Diabetes Network where we share ideas and develop best ways of improving diabetes services nationally. We prepare our young people from the age of 12 about transition to adult services. We try and prepare them as well as possible for life as young adults and are always sorry when the time comes to refer them onto our colleagues in the Young Person’s Clinic.