SEREN Connect: A Holistic Young Adult Diabetes Education
by NHS Collaborative, NHS Wales
SEREN Connect is a comprehensive education programme to address a long-standing gap in service provisions for Young Adults (YA) living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). It helps teams to support every child with diabetes in Wales. The transition from young person to young adult and the difficulties of trying to self-manage health is hard at this notoriously turbulent time. SEREN Connect provides tools for all healthcare professionals (HCPs) to deliver information on age-appropriate topics that directly or indirectly impact the lives of YA living with T1D. It aims to influence and improve services across Wales, via paediatric and adult colleagues.
"The SEREN Project is very impressive, with remarkable results. It is a most effective use of clinical time, money and resource, demonstrating notable involvement from a difficult to reach patient group. It is a carefully developed resource involving a wide range of stakeholders, including young people, that fills a gap in the service and is reducing variation in transition care. It is clearly well received by all, and the numbers of health professionals trained is a reflection of how widely it has spread."
by Language Matters Working Group
A multi-stakeholder group, chaired by a person with diabetes, developed the ‘Language Matters’ document on the appropriate use of language in the care of people with diabetes. It has been published in India and Pakistan, and will be used in Wales, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Spain. Another, focused on obesity, is in development. NHS England uses it in the national Diabetes Programme and junior doctors use it as part of the Young Diabetologists and Endocrinologists Forum (YDEF) development programme. A new document, focused on social media, aims to reduce anxiety for people with diabetes, who are more vulnerable to COVID-19.
"The ‘Language Matters’ project had a very impressive impact, being part of a worldwide movement in an extremely important area. It is likely to have a big bearing on people with diabetes and their healthcare professionals and is a great example of adapting a project for local use and implementation."