Hospital wins praise for child diabetes care plan

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FoundationTrust was recognised for its innovative work in juvenile diabetes at the House of Commons. Above, trust diabetic specialist nurse Ismail Dalal, and MP Adrian Sanders
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FoundationTrust was recognised for its innovative work in juvenile diabetes at the House of Commons. Above, trust diabetic specialist nurse Ismail Dalal, and MP Adrian Sanders
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A new care plan piloted in Blackpool to help school staff support youngsters with diabetes has been recognised in the House of Commons.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was instrumental in devising and piloting a health care plan to give youngsters who suffer from diabetes an individualised care ‘manual’, so their teaching staff know about their condition.

The fact the care plan was developed in Blackpool is a massive achievement

Blackpool diabetes specialist nurse, Sandra Singleton, was asked by the Children and Young People’s Diabetic North West Network to head up a sub-group to design the care plan, which is now used nationally.

The trust was part of a selected group of professionals invited to an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes to hear a report outlining key recommendations for the future of structured education in diabetes.

Diabetic specialist nurse Ismail Dalal, who represented the trust at the event, said: “The fact the care plan was developed in Blackpool is a massive achievement.

“The care plan means every child in the country has access to a standard, individualised, work plan which is easy to follow for teaching staff, parents and school nurses.”

Speakers at the Group included Adrian Sanders, MP for Torbay and chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes.