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Today marks the start of improved care for young people with type 1

02 April 2012

JDRF is delighted to see today’s announcement that every child and young person with type 1 diabetes in England can expect an improvement in their level of care. NHS Diabetes has announced this good news as a funding agreement for paediatric diabetes services has been made.

Leading paediatric doctors, nurses and commissioners have worked together with NHS Diabetes to create a 'Best Practice Tariff for Paediatric. The practice tariff sets out 13 mandatory care standards that paediatric diabetes service teams must meet. Those who can prove they meet these levels of care will be able to get more funding. Local services which don’t achieve the required level of standards will be supported to improve but may have funding taken away if they are unable to meet the standards by April 2013.

It is hoped that this tariff will help to reduce costs to the service whilst also lowering the number of emergency hospital admissions among children with type 1 diabetes, and the incidence of life-changing, yet often preventable, complications of the condition.

JDRF welcomes this news in the hope that it will ensure people with type 1 are able to effectively manage their condition and will remain healthy whilst we fund research to find the cure for the condition.

If you want to have a read of the full report, you can find it here.

NHS Diabetes is asking healthcare professionals involved in the support and care of children and young people with diabetes to join their paediatric diabetes network as a way of sharing good practice. For more information about the Best Practice Tariff and how to join the NHS Diabetes paediatric diabetes network, email Marie Cummins 

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