PERFORMANCE: A four-year £1m study, led by Sheffield Children’s Foundation Trust, to assess whether education improves the long term health of children with diabetes is nearing an end.

A group of children from across the country are attending a course called the Kick-Off Course. During the five-day course they learn how to manage their diabetes and adjust insulin doses to match their chosen meals and lifestyle. It is funded by Diabetes UK.

The group, and a control group, are then asked at regular intervals about blood sugar levels, general health and feelings about life.

Final data are now to be collated and assessed. If findings show improvement, the course “could be rolled out nationally”, the trust said in a statement.

Kath Price, consultant paediatrician for diabetes at Sheffield Children’s Foundation Trust, and creator of the concept, said: “We’re very excited to have been able to develop this study for youngsters with diabetes because it could help the lives of so many children if adopted nationally and give them back life control.”