Diabetes research to be presented at European conference
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. Dr Kime is a Senior Research Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan working with the University's award-winning Getting Sorted Enterprise Unit which specialises in research with children with type 1. She said inconsistencies in services were uncovered throughout the trusts and that all nine sites in Yorkshire and the Humber had a different way of working and managing patients.
Dr Kime, who has this week travelled to Istanbul with Getting Sorted Director Liz Webster to present her findings at ISPAD's annual conference, commented: "To be able to share and present our research with such a key international audience in Istanbul is an opportunity not to be missed for Getting Sorted.
"The UK has the worst rate of type 1 diabetes in Europe and the communication between the young people, parents, paediatric and adult diabetes teams is regarded as essential to improving care."
In addition Dr Sherry Waldron, National lead for Education at NHS Diabetes has set up meetings during the conference held from October 10-13, for EU partners from Germany, Poland, Greece, Hungary and the Czech Republic to find out more about Getting Sorted and the work the team does at Leeds Met.
Liz Webster, said: "The aim of our unit is to develop, influence and enhance service redesign and service improvement for diabetes in the UK. Other European countries have far superior healthcare services in place for children and young people with type 1, so to be invited to ISPAD's annual conference and be given the opportunity to network and meet with our EU partners who have expressed an interest in Getting Sorted, our work and goals is very exciting for us."