A diabetes specialist nurse (DSN) has helped transform the way teenagers access crucial TREND-UK educational materials for transitional care.
Jane Beedie, a transition DSN based at Northampton General Hospital, noticed a lot of young people with diabetes were missing important details when it came to moving from their paediatric healthcare team to adult services.
She applied for and received a bursary from TREND-UK which she used to purchase a stand on wheels which displays a range of leaflets packed full of useful phone numbers, websites and advice.
She said: “Transition is an important element in the care of young people with diabetes. We know there’s a seven-fold increased risk of death in young women with diabetes and a four- fold increased risk for young men with diabetes, between the ages of 15-34, which is why it’s vital we get it right from the start.
“Preparation for transition should start as early as possible, so that the young person has enough time to prepare for the change, which is why I decided I had to make accessing all the educational materials we have as easy as possible.”
Previously the team had been unable to display leaflets for teenagers as there not been enough shelving and they needed to be sensitive to younger clinic users. Young people who wanted specific information had to ask for further information and it was up to the healthcare professional to determine whether a leaflet was applicable to them.
Jane added: “We’ve had some great feedback about this stand as it can be easily manoeuvred around the clinic and used by many other teams. The information is available without having to ask and young people have access to specific information about sexual health, alcohol, drugs which they may otherwise be too embarrassed to ask about. This would not have been possible with TREND-UK’s bursary so we’re very grateful.”
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