The UK's largest community nursing charity has shown its support for Diabetes Week [10-16 June] by offering additional funding to nurses involved in specialist research aimed at supporting children with Diabetes.

The condition affects affects over 3.5 million people in the UK, many of whom are children.

This year the QNI is giving funding and professional development to Craig Cotterill, a Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse, and his colleague Debbie McAusland, who are running a project addressing the crucial stage when diabetic children become young adults.

Craig explained: "Children with a long term condition such as Diabetes receive a great deal of support during childhood.

"The level of care they receive as they make the transition to adulthood can vary considerably. Unfortunately this means that they can develop complications because of the disease."

'Managing Type 1 Diabetes through the Transition Years' will look at the challenges faced by teams of nurses who often have to deal with over 100 young Diabetics at any one time.

"The support we receive from the QNI will help us give health education to young people to help them through the 'transition years' from childhood to adult services," Craig continued.

"Many young people tend to take risks with their own health, which can lead to serious and preventable complications related to their Diabetes. We are trying to find out the reasons why young people fail to take their medication, for example, so we can address the causes of this and encourage them to manage their health better." 

Anne Pearson, Practice Development Manager at the QNI hopes their support of the research will help strengthen the message that, "community nurses are perfectly placed to offer useful and practical support and advice to people with serious long term health conditions".

She added, "The QNI welcomes applications for funding from other community nursing teams who want to make a difference to the lives of their patients."

For more information on Diabetes Week 2012 visit www.diabetes.org.uk/DiabetesWeek 

Posted 11/06/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com