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Diabetes: Children

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to assist those with childhood diabetes in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. (252555)

Our document “Making Every Young Person with Diabetes Matter”, published in April 2007, drew attention to differences in the management of diabetes in children and young people—which is complex and significantly different from adult care. A copy of the document has already been placed in the Library.

It stated that all children and young people with diabetes should have access to a Children and Young Person Specialist Diabetes (CYPSD) team with appropriate training and competencies; routine care, continuing care and annual assessment; and access to routine and integrated psychological support.

A Children and Young People Diabetes Implementation Support Group has been set up to take forward work on the report’s recommendations. The group is chaired by the National Clinical Director for Children, Dr. Sheila Shribman, and includes representation from Diabetes UK, Royal Colleges, young people with diabetes, parents and representatives from organisations with an interest in this area, including the Healthcare Commission.

One of the obligations of the group is to raise the profile of quality care for children and young people with diabetes across the country.

It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) and trusts to take forward implementation locally. One example of this is Middlesbrough PCT which has in place a multi-disciplinary team currently providing a service for some 140 children with diabetes. The PCT is developing closer ties with partners in education to develop protocols for use in schools.