YES (Youth Empowerment Skills): A stepping stone for diabetes self care and empowerment
by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
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The YES programme works with young people with diabetes, who have low levels of engagement with diabetes care. It was co-designed and co-delivered by young people and aims to foster self-confidence and strengthen engagement with diabetes care. In contrast with traditional education models for diabetes it uses novel educational strategies: key features include outreach work and innovative learning styles, including simulations, peer-led sessions and fun activities. It uses social media to keep young people in touch with each other, encouraging social networking and the delivery of peer-to-peer support. A clinically important fall in Hba1c has been seen in participants so far.
"Social bonding is a vital support mechanism and this initiative - which was co-led by someone with diabetes - was a powerful inspiration. The judges felt it had the patients at its heart and was a great pilot programme that they would like to see spread nationwide."
Making Transition better – the Newham Experience
by Newham University Hospital, Barts Health, London
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Newham, east London is the youngest borough in the UK with 40% of the population under 25 years old and more than 60% from ethnic groups. Consequently it has a high prevalence of type 2 diabetes in young people. Barts Health found patients and carers identified three contributors to poor self-management: poor/inflexible access to care; need for peer support; and lack of patient champions. To address this, it pioneered the use of online diabetes follow-up via Skype, developed a local peer-support group via a social platform and obtained funding for a youth champion to facilitate the peer-groups and help redesign the clinical service.
"A fantastic project with good local context that had a huge local, national and global impact, and is particularly usable for engaging with a younger demographic"