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Information from Diabetes UK


Back to School Zoom Session

As schools are due to reopen in September, we know that parents and carers might be worried about the safety of their children with diabetes returning to school.  Please help us to promote our ‘Back to School’ Zoom session with our panel of experts who’ll help to answer questions about children with diabetes returning to school safely.

Meet the panel

  • Dr Fiona Campbell, Consultant Paediatrician and Diabetologist at Leeds Children’s Hospital
  • Carol Metcalfe, Advanced Specialist Practitioner in Paediatric Diabetes at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
  • James Rodger-Phillips, a Head of Department at a secondary school who lives with type 1 diabetes
  • Steve Paxton, parent of two teenagers with type 1 diabetes and Good Care In School Award assessor

The details of the session

  • When: Wednesday 12 August
  • Time: 7.30-8.30pm
  • How: Please register for the session by filling in this short form. Closer to the time, we’ll email a link to join the session.

The Type 1 Events team are also running further panels for parents and carers in August and September:

Topic: Newly diagnosed - what happens when type 1 diabetes joins your family?

When: Tuesday, 18 August - 7-8.30pm

Panellists: Volunteers living with type 1, discussing their own experiences

Topic: Becoming more independent

When: Monday, 21 September - 7-8.30pm

Panellists: Volunteers living with type 1, discussing their own experiences

The link to sign up to any of the panels is here: https://eu.eventscloud.com/esurvey/200041018

Diabetes UK policy statement – Children & Young People and Covid19

We have published our policy statement on Support to manage risk for Children and Young People living with diabetes from Covid19 and can be found here https://www.diabetes.org.uk/resources-s3/public/2020-07/Support%20to%20manage%20risk%20for%20children%20and%20young%20people%20living%20with%20diabetes%20from%20covid-19%20position%20statement.pdf

Volunteers with type 2 diabetes wanted to try out new online service

Healthy Living for People with Type 2 Diabetes is a free online resource which will be made available across England later this year. It will provide people with the skills and knowledge they need to manage their type 2 diabetes effectively.

The Healthy Living platform is looking for volunteers to try the service before it goes live, to make sure the service meets the needs of people living with type 2 diabetes. Anyone aged over 18 and living with type 2 diabetes in England can get involved. Details on how to register can be found on the Healthy Living website, here: https://www.healthyliving.nhs.uk/

Don’t forget

We continue to update our webpages; our advice for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) and diabetes and coronavirus advice page for people living with diabetes and their families. These pages are based on the most recent guidance available and also signpost to other relevant sources of support and information.

We have some helpful information to help people staying at home and managing their diabetes and to help people cope with stress and other emotions. There is also a useful coronavirus thread on our online forum, where members are sharing information and experiences. People can follow and keep up to date with us and our advice and support on our North of England Diabetes UK Facebook support group,  Diabetes UK Facebook and Twitter feeds. For anyone not able to access face to face diabetes education or support during this time our Leaning Zone is a good place to access simple information from our Diabetes UK clinical team, and sensible advice from people living with diabetes.



During the COVID-19 pandemic how have you been able to maintain contact with your family or friends who live in residential care?