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Diabetes passports for schools launched

Schools are being encouraged to adopt a new diabetes ‘passport’ to help drive up standards of care for pupils with the condition.

Launched by the InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT), the booklet is available to teachers across the country in a move to help schools meet new legislation and improve diabetes care.

The Parents Passport for Schools has been designed to provide a means by which parents can formally let schools know how to manage their child’s diabetes and in turn support schools to comply with special educational needs (SEN) regulations, as well as informing teachers about the condition. To read more, click here.

NHS boss pledges action on Type 2 diabetes

The health service needs to take urgent action to prevent “condemning our children to a rising tide of avoidable diabetes”, the Chief Executive of the NHS has said.

Simon Stevens said the NHS needed to take “concrete, comprehensive, and sometimes controversial action” on three broad fronts – prevention, care and sustainability – to make it fit for the future. To read more, click here.

Group calls for access to psychological support

Everybody with diabetes should have access to psychological support, according to a national conference held last week.

When someone is diagnosed with a life-long condition such as diabetes access to psychological support can be limited, but a national group of diabetes psychologists is calling for access for all. 

The group’s lead Clare Shaban, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, said: “Managing diabetes is all about behaviour and psychology is all about understanding people’s behaviour and barriers to self care. It’s about working with the thoughts and feelings behind behavior. To read more, click here.

Ninjabetic – It just seems so obvious to have a plan

Walking into my consultant’s room I spotted a pillow and a tourniquet that had been placed on his desk. Eyeing it up with a sudden rush of panic and a longing to back out of the room, I knew what was coming…

After some waterworks, a nail-biting few seconds of digging around for a not-so-superficial vein and a few distracting stories from Dr C about “the olden days”, the blood test was over and I was suitably embarrassed about my mascara stained face. Note to self… wear waterproof mascara to each appointment from now on.

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