CLAHRC YH Diabetes News in the National CLAHRC Newsletter #worlddiabetesday

WICKED translation in South Yorkshire
Self-management of type 1 diabetes is complex and involves a number of different skills. For this reason, as part of NIHR CLAHRC South Yorkshire (SY), an education course was developed for young people with type 1 diabetes aged 16-21 years. Young people with type 1 diabetes may be taking over responsibility for management of their condition from their parents and encountering new situations in which they will need to manage their diabetes such as relationships, university and alcohol use. This course was developed and piloted in Sheffield.  NIHR CLAHRC SY are now implementing and evaluating the course in other centres in Yorkshire they have funded. This research will examine the acceptability of the course in other centres and allow the NIHR CLAHRC to further refine and develop the course with input from other centres with different service structures and needs.DIAMONDs research project

The DIAMONDS research project aims to improve self-management of diabetes for people with severe mental illness (SMI), to reduce the complications associated with diabetes and improve health outcomes. In 2014, Diabetes UK reported that 3.8 million people in the UK have diabetes. The cost to the NHS is estimated to be £9.8 billion with 80 percent of this being spent on complications such as blindness, amputations, stroke, kidney failure and others. This equates to 10 percent of the NHS budget and is set to rise to 17 percent of the NHS budget over the next 20 years due to demographic changes. Diabetes is more than twice as common and has poorer outcomes in people with SMI compared to the general population. Reasons for this are poorly understood but are likely to be related to a combination of features of the mental illness, metabolic side effects of psychotropic medication and the organisation of health services. The DIAMONDS project has set up a Patient and Public Involvement panel to guide the research, with one member reporting “It’s great that the two illnesses are finally being looked at together.”

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