An innovative project involving our paediatric diabetes team has
won second place in the Service Improvement Category of the 2015
Bright Ideas in Health Awards.
Paediatric diabetes nurses collaborate in their own time with
Type 1 Kidz, a regional support group established by children and
young people with type 1 diabetes living in County Durham.
A programme of fun and educational activities is driven by the
group itself with support from a project worker.
Valerie Burns, Lead Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse, says,
"We are delighted to be involved in this innovative project and
with these young people who are keen to learn about diabetes. They
meet regularly at Chester le Street and, at their request, we have
given presentations on the latest clinical developments in their
treatment and up to date advice on living with diabetes on a daily
"We also offer some financial support towards transport costs to
enable children living in the south of the County to be part of
Type 1 Kidz.
"Groups have now been established in other parts of the region
and it is excellent that this successful collaboration has been
recognised through this award."
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community