This section contains project summaries for the years:
Management of the transition from paediatric to adult care is vital to good diabetes self-management and avoidance of long-term complications, and yet is a time when many young people do not manage their diabetes well. Around 30-40% of young people with type 1 diabetes in transition are „lost‟ from specialist care and one third need additional mental health support. There is sufficient evidence to suggest that successful transition can be facilitated by utilising a Transition Case Co-ordinator and that the cost benefits from reduced hospital admissions otherwise due to preventable complications can cover the cost of establishing and running a Transition Case Co-ordinator programme.
The project proposal for 2010/11 builds on the success of 2009/10 SDG projects; the intention is to develop a comprehensive support program for youth in transition. This national approach to improving services will ultimately lead to significant long term health savings and positively impact on local service delivery to Registrants.
The 2009/10 project focused on developing a new, nationally consistent youth transition pack which will be provided to Youth Registrants aged 12-20 years.
The 2010/11 proposal includes three elements, each of which is interconnected:
Element 1: Transition Case Co-ordinator
Element 2: National Register for Youth
Element 3: Resources for Youth and Health Professionals
Youth Transition Pack
This project will develop a new, targeted and nationally consistent Youth Transition Pack for registrants with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The production of the Transition Pack will be integrated with work to develop a National Follow-up System for Youth Registrants and examining options for the development of a National Youth Transition Register. The Transition Pack project is targeted at English-speaking registrants, and a subsequent project will develop culturally appropriate and translated Transition Packs for culturally and linguistically diverse communities with a high incidence of diabetes.