Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust: Youth Empowerment Skills Programme (YES)

The Youth Empowerment Skills (YES) programme is a psycho-educational intervention for young people (age 14-20 years) with type 1 diabetes, co-developed by young people and co-delivered by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, youth workers and peer educators.

YES programme consists of the following elements and methods of learning.

  • group-based learning;
  • immersive simulations, such as treating an episode of severe hypoglycaemia, with a structured debriefing;
  • learning together in adventurous/challenging and social activities to build self-confidence;
  • role-play, to develop confidence in health consultations and reduce conflict in interactions with parents and friends;
  • peer-to-peer delivery;
  • WhatsApp youth-worker moderated peer support network.

Read a detailed case study about this project at HSJ Solutions 


  • East Midlands Network, De-Montfort University and University Hospitals of Leicester Trust: Diabetes Education Application (deapp) – HIGHLY COMMENDED
  • Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge CCGs: Diabetes Quality Improvement at Scale
  • Bedfordshire CCG, Bedford Hospital Trust, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital FT and East London FT: Improving Outcomes for people with Diabetes Accross Bedfordshire
  • Brigstock and South Norwood Partnership: Embedding diabetes group consultations
  • Calderdale and Huddersfield FT: Developing the Diabetes In-patient Nursing Team to provide safe and effective care
  • Kettering General Hospital FT: Outpatient IV antibiotics in the diabetic foot: delivery model and outcomes of an antimicrobial pharmacist and podiatry led service
  • Sussex Community FT, Here (Care Unbound): Diabetes Care For You
  • Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care FT, Pole Bank Care Home, Balmoral Care Home and Charnley House Care Home: A review of administration of insulin in the community setting – pilot scheme for care home staff to deliver insulin injections, supported by district nursing
  • Walsall Healthcare Trust: Diabetes Transformation Project