BSPED2016 Oral Communications Oral Communications 7- Diabetes (5 abstracts)
Currently in the UK children and young people with diabetes receive variable provision of care and support in educational settings. There are concerns that this impacts on the young persons glycaemic control, their quality of life, and their educational performance and outcome. Whilst most paediatric diabetes teams provide training for school staff, it may take several days, even weeks, after diagnosis before a diabetes educator is able to attend the school to provide education and support.
The aims of this project were to develop a comprehensive, consensus-based, e-learning package that would inform education providers about diabetes and provide a framework for the best practice management and support of young people with type 1 diabetes in schools. This package was not intended to replace the visit from the specialist nurse but to complement this and allow the young person to return to education at the earliest possible opportunity. This was achieved by convening a series of multi-agency stakeholder workshops including clinicians, patients/families, teachers, and voluntary sector representatives, to discuss the content and format that this package should take. These discussions were then developed into two e-learning modules (basic and advanced) by a core team of diabetes educators from 3 regional diabetes networks.
The modules provide guidance to all key parties involved in the day to day support of young people with diabetes, including expected roles and responsibilities, and legal obligations. The basic module is aimed at all staff to raise their general awareness of type 1 diabetes. The advanced module is for those staff designated specific responsibilities for supporting the young person with type 1 and goes into greater depth regarding the management and treatment of diabetes in the school setting. These modules have been positively received by education providers, and are endorsed by the National Children and Young Persons Diabetes Network.