Formby School wins good
diabetes care award
A School in Formby has received a
special award that celebrates Schools which provide great care and support to
children and young people with Type 1 diabetes. Freshfield Primary School has
won Diabetes UK's Good Diabetes Care in School Awards a new recognition scheme
introduced by the charity in September 2015 to raise the profile of Schools
across the UK that are providing good care and support to children and young
people with Type 1 diabetes.
The School was chosen by an assessment panel which included parents and
representatives from Diabetes UK. It has been recognised for the support it
provides to ensure children with Type 1 at their School are fully included in
all School activities and receive the care they deserve. The School were
presented with the award, which is valid for 2 years, at a special assembly,
that took place on 2 February 2017.
It is extremely important that children and young people with diabetes receive
good care in School to help them keep their blood glucose to target levels. In
the short term, high or low blood glucose levels can make a child extremely
unwell, and in the long term, high blood glucose levels can increase risk of
serious complications such as amputation, blindness and stroke later in life.
Supporting children to manage their diabetes well is also key to enabling them
to get the best from their education and School activities.
Head Teacher Mrs Hayley Ward said:- "The Governors, staff, parents and
children are delighted and very proud to receive the Good Diabetes Care in
School award. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff; the
excellent practice care and management they provide; the close partnerships
built with parents and the unyielding commitment the School has to ensure every
child can thrive at Freshfield."
The charity says that the Good Diabetes Care in School Award shows that good
diabetes care in Schools is achievable and presents an opportunity to share best
practice amongst Schools, helping to ensure that all students with diabetes get
the support they need and can therefore achieve their full academic potential.
Recognising that some Schools will have
concerns about how to support students with diabetes, as part of its Type 1
diabetes: Make the Grade Campaign, Diabetes UK has created free resources to
help parents and Schools get the right care in place. Along with this the
charity has launched a Care in Schools Helpline which provides parents of
children and young people with Type 1 diabetes in England, Scotland, Wales and
Northern Ireland with information and support around the care their child is
entitled to receive at School.
Diabetes UK is appealing to School staff, parents and healthcare professionals
to nominate Schools providing good care for the Good Diabetes Care in School
Award. Nominations received after July 2017 will go into the 2018 award cycle,
which will begins in September 2017. Stephen Ryan, Head of the North at Diabetes
UK said:- "Freshfield Primary School has demonstrated that they are
meeting best practice in the support they provide for children and young people
with Type 1 diabetes, which is why they have become a recipient of our Good
Diabetes Care in School Award. We urge all Schools, both here in Formby and
across the country, to follow the School's example as good care in Schools means
that children and young people with diabetes stay healthy and get the best from
their education. The fact that Freshfield Primary School is doing such a
fantastic job of supporting students with Type 1 diabetes shows that good care
is achievable in all Schools."