JDRF, the Type 1 diabetes charity, and Diabetes UK teamed up with Norfolk and Norwich NHS Trust (led by Dr Swe Myint) to conduct a survey of the provision of diabetes care in UK universities and patients’ perceptions of their university diabetes care. The aim was to offer a collaborative, online University Toolkit for those with Type 1 diabetes studying at, or planning to attend, university. The key message of the online resource is that Type 1 diabetes is not an obstacle to university life. The toolkit helps patients to look after their condition effectively, so that they can make the most of their time at university. The online platform has sections covering: planning and preparing for university; UCAS and student support; accessing GP and specialist care; insulin storage and supplies; new friends; food; exams and stress; alcohol; smoking and drugs; sex and relationships; managing sick days; new routines; insulin pump users; emotional wellbeing; studying abroad; exercise; safe driving; advice and help, plus downloadable guides for friends or flatmates and a healthcare professional transfer letter.
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