With the increase in incidence of Type 1 diabetes in children and young people, diabetes teams are under increasing pressure to support school staff with the day-to-day management of their pupils with diabetes. To utilise the resources available regionally, the CYPWMDN steering group developed a study day to provide basic diabetes awareness education to all school staff in the West Midlands. This new initiative is available to nursery, primary, secondary schools and college staff - and attendees found the day ‘enlightening, informative and engaging.’ The steering group believes an ongoing programme of awareness days will raise the profile of diabetes within the educational sector and meet the expectations of both school staff and families of young people with diabetes in managing this chronic condition.
The number of CYP with diabetes is increasing, and smaller teams are struggling to provide one-to-one support for individual schools with pupils with diabetes. Schools without previous diabetes awareness have poor knowledge and significant anxieties around managing a child with diabetes following a new diagnosis or an intake of a child with established diabetes.
To provide school staff with an awareness of all stakeholders’ responsibilities for managing a CYP with diabetes in school; the difference between Type 1 and 2 diabetes; causes, signs and symptoms; treatment options; how to manage acute complications; and a basic understanding of the practicalities of insulin administration and blood glucose/ketone monitoring.
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