Innovation funds to boost child diabetes management

By Editor
23rd August 2016
Care planning, East Midlands Education Good practice Latest news

A team from University Hospitals of Leicester and the Children and Young People’s East Midlands Diabetes Network (CYPEMDN) has been selected to be part of a £1.5 million innovation programme.

The Innovating for Improvement initiative has been created by the Health Foundation, which is an independent healthcare charity.

The project is about supporting health care projects in the UK with the aim of improving health care delivery and the way people manage their own health care, through testing and developing innovative ideas and approaches and putting them into practice.

The initiative from University Hospitals of Leicester and the CYPEMDN will receive up to £75,000 of funding to develop the course of diabetes structured education for newly diagnosed children and young people, put it into practice and gather evidence about how it enables successful management of diabetes.

The team will be led by Dr James Greening, consultant paediatrician at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Mrs Marie Atkins, network manager for the CYPEMDN.

We know that when children are first diagnosed it is a critical time for providing education

Dr Greening said: “We know that when children are first diagnosed it is a critical time for providing education. Getting it right embeds knowledge into the child. We are excited that this project will use a new approach to achieve this and help children and young people successfully manage their diabetes.

“Our program aims to deliver the full primary diabetes curriculum at diagnosis via a structured educational course using a Flipped learning approach. Children and young people will learn the theory via a virtual learning environment, then their understanding knowledge is tested via face to face learning.

‘Core diabetes curriculum’

“We know knowledge acquisition is most effective in the initial stage of diagnosis. Our aim is to teach newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic children and their families the core diabetes curriculum so that they are self-empowered to safely and effectively manage their own diabetes.”

Sarah Henderson, associate director from the Health Foundation, said: “We are very excited to be working with such a high-calibre of teams, who all have great innovative ideas.

“As an organisation we are keen to support innovation at the frontline across all sectors of health and care services, and I am pleased that we will be able to support these ambitious teams to develop and test their ideas over the next year.

“Our aim is to promote the effectiveness and impact of the teams’ innovations and show how they have succeeded in improving the quality of health care, with the intention of these being widely adopted across the UK.”

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