Expanding Type 1 Kidz Project and introducing simple telehealth

Summary

Investing in Children (IiC) is concerned with the human rights of children and believes every child and young person should have a say in all matters affecting them which should bring positive changes. In 2001 IiC started to work with children and young people with type 1 diabetes in County Durham and Darlington to have discussions about the care that they received. It became apparent that the children, young people and parents IiC worked with appreciated the support they got from each other – and monthly support group Type 1 Kidz was started in October 2012. With more funding, two further Type 1 Kidz groups were created across four paediatric services: an over 14s 'T1ZY – Type 1 StudentZ & Youth' Group was developed, Simple Telehealth text messaging was introduced and there has been continuous dialogue leading to changes within services.

Challenge

The North East has the highest incidence of DKA in the UK with approximately 250 children and young people being admitted to hospital every year for treatment, costing the local NHS £750,000 yearly. Many children and young people are not engaging with their care, resulting in more unplanned hospital admissions and more potentially-avoidable short- and long-term complications.

Objectives

Expanding T1KZ across the region to create an environment where children, young people and families can support and learn from each other and improve their health outcomes. To make significant long-lasting changes to Paediatric Diabetes Teams and to design Simple Telehealth Pathways with children and young people for children and young people.

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QiC Diabetes Winner 2016
Involving the Diabetes Service User and Families/Carers
Expanding Type 1 Kidz Project and introducing simple telehealth
by Investing in Children

Contacts

Chloe Brown

Job title:
Project Worker
Place of work:
Investing in Children
Telephone:
0191 3746113
Email:
chloe.brown@investinginchildren.net


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