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Diabetes service

Your child will now be part of the paediatric service at least until the age of 16. During this time you will have regular contact with us either via telephone, home and schools visits or in diabetes clinics.

Unfortunately there is no know cure for a condition like diabetes but if it is managed well your child can lead a normal life.

What we expect from you

We want you to become ‘experts in diabetes’. Please find below what we expect from you. This should be read by all the immediate family and discussed with your child depending on their age.

Please read and discuss the follow with the team as necessary:

  • A commitment to work with the team and to establish a sound understanding of diabetes to achieve the best possible glucose control.
  • Although we recognise the pressures of work, there requires a commitment to attend training sessions and outpatient clinics.
  • If you are unable to attend clinic please phone and cancel the appointment and a new appointment will be arranged. We aim to see you in clinic a minimum of 4 times a year. This may be more frequent if extra help is needed with diabetes management.
  • You will need a USB cable to download your meter at home if possible and we will also download your meter at clinic so please always bring your meter to the clinic appointment. We encourage all families to download their meters every 2 weeks at home and review their data with the help of their diabetes educator.
  • Contact the team for advice and help if you feel something is wrong or you are uncertain what to do.
  • Try and arrive in outpatients 15 minutes before your appointment so that we can download pumps and meters in advance.
  • Inform us of good things and bad things that we may learn from to help us improve our care for you.
  • We arrange educational events for families. We would encourage you to try and attend as these as they provide good platform for peer support and networking. There are age banded education clinics each year. They are to offer support with the age and stage your young person is at and also to provide help and expertise with technology. You will get an invite to attend if the topic is relevant to your child’s age or therapy.
  • Attendance at these clinics is as important as attending your routine clinic appointment so please try and attend these as well.
  • There is also an annual adventure weekend at Edale run by our team for 16 patients. We alternate the age of the young people each year. The places are offered to all of the appropriate age for that year and the cost is heavily subsidised to make sure no one has to miss out. As there are only 16 places each year, so please reply as soon as you get the invite.

What to expect from us

The children and young peoples diabetes team aim to give as highly quality service as possible. This requires trust between the family and diabetes team.

Please find below what you should expect from us:

  • We will listen to you and involve you in decision making.
  • We will maintain confidentiality.
  • We will support you and your family in managing diabetes.
  • All children and young people will have a say in decisions about their care and in designing the services they receive.
  • We will work in partnership with each child, young person and their family.
  • We will always be honest and clear, even if what we say may be difficult.
  • Each child and young person will be cared for in an individualised and holistic way.
  • The team will offer the best up to date treatment based on current research, which will be delivered to the highest standard.
  • We recognise the special and changing needs of children and young people with diabetes. We aim to empower every child, young person and their family to make informed choices by giving honest information.
  • We aim to support self-management by providing knowledge and skills to each child and young person to help them manage their own diabetes and integrate it successfully into their daily lives.
  • We aim to create a relaxed atmosphere and act as advocates whenever needed.
  • We will respect the value and diversity of all children and young people and their families.
  • We aim to provide timely access to high quality medical, nursing, dietetic and psychological support.

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the diabetes team.

From Monday to Friday between 8am till 4pm on 0114 271 7320.

Contact the diabetes specialist nurses from Monday to Friday between 4pm and 6pm on:
Mark Denial: 0797 190 7465
Sarah Hawnt: 0783 157 1169

From 6pm, on weekends or on Bank Holidays: 0114 271 7000
If your call is out of hours ask to speak to the Senior Medical Doctor on call. The Senior Medical doctor has access to a diabetes consultant 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you feel that the person who takes your call has not understood then please ask them to call the on-call diabetes consultant for further advice.

Diabetes team contacts

Mark Denial, Paediatric Diabetes Nurse Educator:
Office: 0114 226 7807
Mobile: 0797 190 7465
Email: mark.denial@nhs.net

Sarah Hawnt, Paediatric Diabetes Nurse Educator:
Office: 0114 271 7320
Mobile: 0783 157 1169
Email: s.hawnt@nhs.net

Ann Walker, Paediatric Diabetes Support Worker:
Office: 0114 271 7320
Mobile: 0782 689 7294
Email: ann.walker11@nhs.net

Will Marshall, Paediatric Diabetes Nurse Educator:
Office: 0114 271 7320
Email: william.marshall1@nhs.net

Jeny Simpson, Diabetes Educator Dietician:
Office: 0114 271 7212 (ext 60980)
Mobile: 0750 099 7599
Email – jenniferk.simpson@nhs.net

Orla McCarthy, Diabetes Educator Dietician:
Office: 0114 271 7212 (ext 60751)
Mobile: 0782 438 3119
Email – orla.mccarthy@nhs.net

Emma Loader, Paediatric Diabetes Nurse Educator:
Office: 0114 271 7320
Mobile: 0755 443 7197
Email: emma.loader5@nhs.net

Claire Tallis, Paediatric Diabetes Nurse Educator:
Office: 0114 271 7320
Mobile: 0797 121 7070
Email: c.tallis@nhs.net

Alison Darby, Diabetes Service Team Administrator:
Office: 0114 271 7320
Mobile: 0738 541 9570
Email: a.darby@nhs.net

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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Resource Type: Article

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