- Led by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, in partnership with Leicester Diabetes Centre, The Design Unit School of Design at De Montfort University, Queen’s Medical Centre Nottingham, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Children and Young People’s East Midlands Diabetes Network.
- Educating around 100 children newly diagnosed with type 1diabetes, and their families, in the East Midlands.
- Empowering patients to self-manage their condition via structured education.
- Delivering a recognised diabetes curriculum using ‘Flipped’ virtual and face-to-face learning.
Type 1 diabetes patients achieve the best outcomes when they are empowered with knowledge that allows them to manage their condition themselves. At present, there is no nationally accredited education programme for people with type 1 diabetes in the UK.
This intervention is a structured learning programme to teach core diabetes knowledge to children with type 1 diabetes and their families. It is based on a recognised diabetes curriculum that has been shown to improve clinical outcomes in Europe.
The programme will educate around 100 patients when they are first diagnosed and admitted to paediatric wards at three centres in the East Midlands. It will be led by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, with design, delivery, multimedia and statistical analysis support from local partner organisations.
The first stage involves patients using an online virtual learning platform in their own time to learn about diabetes. This stimulating multimedia environment includes games, videos and multiple-choice questions.
This is followed by face-to-face training sessions delivered by trained diabetes educators on the ward or at home. As well as standard educational resources, these sessions will include learning through play and direct hands-on demonstrations; for example, blood glucose testing and injecting insulin.
The aim of this innovative 'Flipped' approach to learning is to embed knowledge to such an extent that children and their families can safely and effectively self-manage diabetes. The outcomes will be shared with paediatric diabetes networks across the country to drive further improvements.