RESEARCH: Research undertaken by Leeds Metropolitan University, with several Yorkshire and Humber NHS provider trusts and funded by NHS Diabetes, has highlighted discrepancies between type 1 diabetes services.

The three-year project, “Join Us On Our Journey” led by Dr Nicky Kime, looked at children and young people with type 1 diabetes treated by one of nine healthcare trusts in the region. It also incorporated feedback from patients, their families and the professionals involved in their care.

The trusts involved were Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust; York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust, specifically the Friarage in Northallerton; Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust; Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust; Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust; Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Airedale NHS Foundation Trust; Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

All nine sites in Yorkshire and the Humber had a different way of working and managing patients. The study found that young people and parents received conflicting information from consultants and diabetes nurse specialists when attending clinic and from ward staff.

The research, part of the ‘Getting Sorted’ Programme at Leeds Metropolitan, aims to develop a model of care to improve the management of children and young people with type 1 diabetes.