New training programme for care of young type 1 diabetics in Europe launched

by Barbara Hewitt on September 10, 2013

The quality of care of young people with type 1 diabetes in Europe could soon be significantly improved by the development of a new training programme for healthcare professionals.

A team from Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK has joined forces with six European partner organisations and won a bid of €393,000 to invest into the development of a diabetes educator course.


The project will have a positive impact on the lives young people with type 1 diabetes and their families across the EU

Under the Getting Sorted programme, an award winning diabetes enterprise unit, the aim of the project is to provide standardised, accredited training for healthcare professionals across the European Union in relation to treating children and young people with type 1 diabetes.

The funding for the team, which specialises in participatory research with children and young people with type 1 diabetes will be divided between Getting Sorted and their partners in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Greece and they will work together to research and implement the programme.

‘We are beyond thrilled to have been successful in winning this bid. The interest of the project is set against a background where the UK has one of the poorest outcome records for children and young people with type 1 diabetes across the EU,’ said Liz Webster, the director of Getting Sorted.

‘Our objectives are to work with our European partners and conduct research to identify the barriers and facilitators for the creation of the training curriculum,’ she added.

Getting Sorted are working to develop an EU accredited Certified Diabetes Educator Course and to establish an accreditation process for the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) role with agreed assessment, validation and recognition procedures: ‘This will address the need for diabetes training and result in greater learning opportunities for healthcare professionals. Aligning the education and training across EU countries will result in a highly qualified workforce trained in the delivery of pediatric diabetes education,’ said Webster.

Webster also explained that conducting the research in different cultural settings will also facilitate transferability to other EU countries and will result in improved outcomes for children and young people with type 1 diabetes and their families across Europe: ‘Many EU countries have clinical outcomes that are over three times better than those in the UK. The lack of an untrained workforce both in the UK and the EU has a significant impact on the quality of care that children and young people currently receive,’ she explained.

Dr Nicky Kime, a senior research fellow at Leeds Metropolitan working with Getting Sorted, believes that the project will have a positive impact on the lives of children and young people with type 1 diabetes and their families across the EU.

‘In the short term it will enhance the provision of education and training for health care professionals working in pediatric diabetes throughout Europe. In the long term, an appropriately trained workforce across the EU countries will result in a reduction in morbidity and mortality for those affected by type 1,’ she pointed out.

‘In terms of sustainability there will be further opportunities to develop the course, for example, it is feasible that the accredited course and the established training product could be applied to adult diabetes services and to other health conditions,’ Kime adds.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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