Calderdale and Huddersfield Children’s Diabetes team developed a DVD for primary and secondary school staff to be used as an educational tool to deliver the generic aspects of diabetes management in line with current guidelines and legislation. The DVD was developed involving young people with diabetes. It has a clear message throughout that young people with diabetes are individual and manage their diabetes in different ways but diabetes does not define them. As a result of the DVD school staff have reported they more aware of what diabetes is and how to manage it within the school environment.
Young people with diabetes in the Calderdale and Huddersfield area have an individualised care plan in school. On diagnosis or when they move classes training, the diabetes team trains the relevant teacher and other identified individuals. In some schools only the immediate teaching staff were aware of children’s need. This was primarily within the secondary school environment.
At the start of the academic year, schools requested additional teaching, with young people moving classes of between schools. Opportunities for teacher training are limited to the first two days of the school year – with 80 schools within the locality, it was impossible for the team to meet all training demands. This meant that some young people were without the required support.
The main aims of the DVD were to: provide current information on treating diabetes in schools; ensure all school staff receive diabetes management training; and raise awareness of the impact on academic performance of low and fluctuating blood sugars.
The DVD also aimed to help schools comply with the Equality Act 2010, which states that ‘treatment regimens should be led by clinical need rather than level of support available’, to empower young people with diabetes, and to provide a resource tool to re-cap on all aspects of diabetes management in a timely manner as required.
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