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Type 1 resource website launches

By Editor
13th September 2016
Care planning, Education Good practice Latest news

A website which aims to pull together all the resources and support for people with type 1 diabetes has been launched.

T1 Resources is a collection of useful links, websites and online communities which the founders say can help people manage their diabetes.

The content – which is still a work in progress – has been put together by people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals to offer a selection of valuable resources that have been reviewed and selected because they are helpful, informative and offer good support.

The Diabetes Times columnist Dr Partha Kar, who is also the associate national clinical director for Diabetes at NHS England, helped compile the editorial team for the website.

He said: “A resource, such as this, is indeed something that would be welcome, not only from a patient perspective, but also from a healthcare professionals view point.

“It is a step in the right direction aiming to help with self-management as well as acting as a resource pool for someone with type 1 diabetes.

“I envisage this growing further with the ever expanding world of social media, innovation and technology- all in all, an exciting new development in the world of type 1 diabetes!”

He has worked with Dr Pratik Choudhary, a senior lecturer and consultant in diabetes at King’s College London and Sophie Harris who is a diabetes and endocrinology doctor training in south London.

Another Diabetes Times contributor Ninjabetic – otherwise known as Laura Cleverly – is also involved, along with Mike Kendall, who has had diabetes for over 25 years and Kev Winchcombe, who has a daughter with type 1.

The aim of the site is to create a “one-stop shop” of type 1 diabetes resources, which have been sourced from the internet in various formats to suit the needs of a diverse audience.

Evidence shows benefit from peer-support, however less than 10 per cent of people with type 1 diabetes know someone with the condition.

A lack of peer support can lead to isolation and feelings of being overwhelmed with the daily tasks associated with self-managing this complex long-term condition.

The website offers a wealth of online resources ranging from ‘how to’ video clips, forums, blogs and informative ebooklets.

The resources have been co-created with peer-review (people living with type 1 diabetes, parents and carers) and healthcare professional quality assurance.

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