Developing an interest in diabetes? Get networking

Networks to improve healthcare are all the buzz on a national and regional level. The Children and Young People's North East and North Cumbria Regional Diabetes Network was ahead of the game, thanks to the collaborative and passionate way in which many of our predecessors in paediatric diabetes worked. They led by example with multidisciplinary working which is even more prominent now with the extensive teams required to deliver best practice care. By pulling together rather than competing, we can effect better outcomes for our patients.

We share good practice both through peer review, national and local audit, regional and external lecturers, developing regional guidelines, case studies and most importantly by listening to patient experience. We benchmark ourselves within the region and nationally. We support each other to overcome organisational and clinical hurdles and have demonstrated consistent, significant improvement in outcome measures such as HbA1c for the region’s children. Each regional network is part of a national network which influences direction of travel for services and clinical care. We are advocates for our patients.

We are a friendly social bunch of clinicians, specialist nurses, dieticians and psychologists from paediatric and yes, we also work with and encourage our adult colleagues to attend. Parent representatives are an integral part of our business and educational meetings. Our dietician, nursing and psychology colleagues also meet in discipline-specific network subgroups.

Children & Young People Diabetes Network

Network education events

There are networking opportunities - to find out about training opportunities and where jobs are coming up. Please join us for any of our educational meetings which happen on Wednesday afternoons twice a year at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, education centre.

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Useful resources


Great set of information videos designed by parents affected by type 1 diabetes. Useful also for medical students and doctors new to diabetes. If you don't know how to calculate a correction dose here is the answer