A pair of medics from Sheffield Children’s Hospital who set up an education course for schoolchildren with diabetes have picked up a national award for their work.
Dr Kath Price and nurse Julie Knowles set up a five-day scheme called Kids in Control of Food – KICk-OFF for short – which teaches youngsters aged 11 to 16 with type 1 diabetes how to match insulin doses to their particular lifestyles.
The course was named best improvement programme for children and young people at the annual Quality in Care Awards.
Dr Price said: “We have been running these courses as part of a research trial and it is brilliant to receive this recognition.
“We have seen how this course can benefit the lives of youngsters with diabetes by giving them control and letting them share their experiences with each other.”
The programme was designed with help from teachers at King Edward VII school in Broomhill.
It is hoped the scheme will reduce children’s risk of long-term health problems in adulthood.
Dr Price said: “We hope this recognition will allow us to take KICk-OFF further and reach more young people and families living with diabetes across the country.”