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Children / Young Persons Service

The Children and Young People's Diabetes Multi-disciplinary team provides an integrated service for children and young people with diabetes from the time of diagnosis through to transition to adult services. Trained paediatric diabetes staff work with paediatric ward staff, school staff, primary care, families, colleagues in adult diabetes and regional colleagues to provide services and improve the quality of services for children and young people with diabetes. The team is based in Child Health at York Hospital with an outreach clinic at Selby Hospital to provide services to York and North Yorkshire population of children and young people.

The service currently provides care for 180 children up to age 19 from a large urban and rural geographical area. The service is delivered as part of the Yorkshire and Humber Children and Young People's Diabetes Network.

The service aims to provide best practice services for children and young people with diabetes from the point of diagnosis to transition to adult services. A major aim is to establish good practice to give optimal glycaemic control at the earliest point of management of the condition to reduce risk of long term morbidity. The approach is designed to support children and families with the psychological issues relating to chronic illness to facilitate full inclusion in social and academic activities.

Specific aims

1) To deliver excellent care through:

- providing full diabetes team support from diagnosis to follow up and transition to adult diabetes services

- offering full range of intensive insulin regimen

- offering full follow-up health surveillance

- Involvement in research and education to maintain good practice

2) To improve services through:

- accurate data collection and analysis

- implementing national recommendations

- participating in national audit and regional network

- involve patients and families in service evaluation and improvement.

Names of core team members:

Dominic Smith, Consultant Paediatrician, Children's Clinic

Wendy Watts, Consultant Paediatrician, Young Persons Clinic

Liz Baker, Consultant Paediatrican Children's Selby Clinic

Jo Ellis, Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Diane Mitchell, Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Sarah Jayes, Paediatric Diabetes Dietician

Emma Peakman, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Extended team members:

Kyaw Linn, Consultant Adult Diabetologist, Young Persons Clinic

Vicky Clancey, Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Young Persons Clinic

Nicholas Sykes, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Diabetes Team phone number 01904 721317

Useful websites

YPSG (York Parents Support Group) Email:

JDRF- Juvenile Diabetes ResearchFoundation