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Issue:- 8 March  2012

NHS Diabetes calls for improvements to transitional care for young people with type 1 diabetes

NHS Diabetes are calling for the "discrepancies" between children and adult type 1 diabetes services to be addressed, following the release of a new report. The national diabetes service improvement team is also recommending standardised and formal diabetes training for every professional working with children and young people with diabetes. Clinics, schools, colleges and psychological support were highlighted as areas which needed additional diabetes support. The conclusions and recommendations come out of a report outlining areas of improvement and future recommendations for the care of children and young people with type 1 diabetes. 'Join Us On Our Journey'; developing a new model of care for children and young people with type 1 diabetes, Final report for NHS Diabetes, March 2012 is a report on a 3 year research project, funded and supported by NHS Diabetes, from the 'Getting Sorted' programme at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Anna Morton, Director of NHS Diabetes said:- "All too often we are finding discrepancies between services, particularly in transitional care. Equity of service is the key issue. We are working with the National Paediatric Diabetes Network to ensure that healthcare professionals are supported in improving local services. All children and young people should receive high-quality, cohesive care throughout their diabetes journey."

The research outlined key areas of improvement as well as recommendations, including:-

A standardised, formalised staff training programme is in place, with all staff trained in diabetes care.

A mainstreamed, standardised structured education programme is implemented within all diabetes services.

A standardised, formalised diabetes management protocol is introduced in primary and secondary schools.

Every diabetes team has a designated health psychologist.

A transition plan is introduced within all diabetes services, centred on the young person.

A holistic approach to diabetes care is adopted and all young people and parents need to be actively involved.

A universal record-keeping system is introduced across all diabetes services.

The ‘Join Us On Our Journey’ research project aims to develop a model of care that delivers the aspirations of the policy document called:- 'Making Every Young Person with Diabetes Matter' and improve the care provision for children and young people with type 1 diabetes in England.

Children and young people with type 1 diabetes, their families and professionals, in nine acute trusts throughout the
Yorkshire and the Humber region, participated in talking group discussions and individual interviews to find out about
their experiences of diabetes care provision.

The final report builds on the findings of the interim report:- 'Join Us On Our Journey'; developing a new model of care for children and young people with type 1 diabetes, Interim Report for NHS Diabetes, December 2010.

Dr Nicky Kime, author of the report, said:- "Early findings showed there were certain areas of a child’s and a young person’s care pathway which needed to be addressed. In particular, treatment, communication, psychosocial support, education, school and transition were found to be the main areas of concern. The final report builds on these findings and, in addition, further evidence has emerged from the talking groups and individual interviews that endorse apparent inconsistencies within and between diabetes services across the region."

NICE Identifies Key Role for Dentists to Help Smokeless Tobacco Cessation

THE National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is recommending a key role for dental professionals in their public health intervention proposals to help stop the use of smokeless tobacco by people of South Asian Origin.

Dentists, dental nurses and dental hygienists may be asked to play a leading role as part of new proposals to stop the use of smokeless tobacco in the UK. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) have published a consultation on their proposals, which recommends a key intervention and education role for dental professionals.

NICE is also recommending more training for dental professionals to help them gain a greater understanding of smokeless tobacco including terminology, symptoms and approaches to successful intervention.

Smokeless tobacco is associated with a number of health problems including nicotine addiction, mouth and oral cancer, periodontal disease, heart attacks and strokes, problems in pregnancy and following childbirth and late diagnosis of dental problems as smokeless tobacco products can often mask pain. Smokeless tobacco is mainly used by 'people of South Asian origin', which includes people with ancestral links to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka.

The draft guidance recommends that dental professionals take specific actions including:-

Asking patients about their smokeless tobacco use and record the outcome in their patient notes.

Making users aware of the potential health risks and advise them to stop, using a brief intervention.

Referring users who want to quit the habit to tobacco cessation services that use counsellors trained in behavioural support.

Recording the person’s response to any attempts to encourage or help them to stop using smokeless tobacco in the patient notes.

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, said:- "Smokeless tobacco is a little known area for many health professionals in the UK, so the current draft public health guidance is a positive step to bring greater knowledge and understanding. The evidence that does exist indicates that South Asian women; the main users of smokeless tobacco; are approaching 4 times more likely to suffer from mouth cancer. Quite rightly dental professionals have been identified as major players to help reduce these risks and prevent the serious health conditions caused by smokeless tobacco. The British Dental Health Foundation supports NICE’s draft proposals and encourages all dental professionals to include the intervention of smokeless tobacco usage as part of their continuing professional

The online consultation  is open to comments until 25 April 2012.

Runshaw student Scoops top regional beauty award

SERA Sullivan, an NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy student from Runshaw Adult College, and Melanie Webber, NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing student won the 2nd place in the Team Bridal Event at the Annual North West Regional Heats of the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) Competition at Blackpool Winter Gardens. A group of nine students from the Market Street campus competed against hundreds of other students from 19 other colleges from across the region. Sera commented:- "The regional competition was the most nerve racking thing I’ve ever done but it’s given me more confidence for the national finals. I’m excited and nervous, but I’m very competitive, and I want to win!"  Sera and Melanie will represent Runshaw College at the national competition that will be held at Blackpool Winter Gardens on 12 March 2012. "The next competition is a lot more fierce, we’ll be competing with colleges from all over the country, including the London Colleges, so it will be a lot tougher and the standard of competitors is much higher. But I am sure that Sera will do a brilliant job." said Sera’s tutor, Louise Bramwell.

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