Type 1 toolkit launched for university students
Healthcare professionals are being urged to signpost university students with type 1 diabetes to a new toolkit specifically designed to help them manage their health in a new environment.
The online toolkit contains advice and support that has been brought together to help prevent type 1 diabetes from getting in the way of university life.
University staff with students who have type 1 diabetes can also benefit from the toolkit, as well as parents of teenagers with the condition who are thinking about going to university and want to start planning ahead.
The toolkit contains information on how to prepare for living independently, such as cooking and carb counting, attending clinic visits and consultations alone as well as ordering prescriptions.
There is also useful information on what to do when applying to university using the UCAS form, including requests for financial support.
The collaboration between JDRF, Diabetes UK and NHS England on the toolkit aims to help students with type 1 diabetes become fully immersed in university life, while at the same time understanding the impact of alcohol, drugs and sex on their condition, as well as the importance of checking supplies of insulin regularly, taking out equipment insurance and options such as apps for carb counting and recording medical information.
It also recommends asking existing healthcare teams for copies of treatment plans, as well as arranging to upload blood glucose readings so the diabetes team can review them remotely.
To visit the toolkit, click here.