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Peer support for adults with type 1 diabetes

02/02/2021

Diabetes UK has developed new resources and support for Health Care Professionals and the diabetes community.

New symptoms of diabetes video

A new video to share to help raise awareness of the symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and help ensure that people are diagnosed and receive the right treatment as soon as possible. 

On their website: Symptoms of diabetes | Type 1 and Type 2 | Diabetes UK
On YouTube: brand new symptoms of diabetes video

Awareness raising information and resources about the 4Ts of type 1 diabetes can also be found on their website -
Do you know the 4 Ts of Type 1 diabetes? | Diabetes UK

New delegation of insulin resources

A voluntary England framework has been developed by Diabetes UK, the NHS and other stakeholders to allow expanded capacity to community teams who administer insulin to patients. These documents and supporting materials are based on best practice, input from stakeholders and an expert working group, as well as the experience of eight national exemplar sites. They are relevant to NHS organisations, community interest companies, social enterprises, independent sector providers, adult social care providers that have staff caring for adults who require insulin administration by pen and have voluntarily agreed to take part in a delegation scheme. Delegation of Insulin Administration | Diabetes UK

The next #TheBig1 event for adults with t1

Diabetes UK in the South West are preparing for their next online peer support event, ‘top tips for type 1’, which is running on 23rd Feb at 6:30-8pm. The event for adults living with type 1 diabetes and you don’t have to live in the South West to join in. It’s a small group session which encourages peer support and conversation between session attendees. Anyone interested can sign up for free on this link: https://eu.eventscloud.com/big1toptips

Coronavirus vaccine and diabetes

Lots of people are asking questions about the coronavirus vaccines and what it means for them. You can find out the latest information about the coronavirus vaccines on their website Coronavirus vaccines and diabetes | Latest updates | Diabetes UK. If you have diabetes, Diabetes UK strongly encourage you to get the coronavirus vaccine and take whichever vaccine you're offered. This is because people with diabetes are vulnerable to developing a severe illness if they do get coronavirus, and vaccines are the most effective way to prevent that from happening. Information is also available on the acceptability of the vaccine to the Muslim community and from the Catholic church on the links below:

British Muslim Medical Association: Position Statement on the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine by British Muslim Medical Association and Position Statement on the Oxford / AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine by British Muslim Medical Association
Catholic Church: Update on COVID-19 and Vaccination from The Catholic Church Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Ongoing advice and support

Please remember that anyone affected by diabetes can continue to access information and support through the following channels:

Diabetes UK’s regional Facebook Group - Diabetes Chat: Your friend in the North: www.facebook.com/groups/193410685443622
Diabetes UK’s Helpline: Call: 0345 123 2399*, Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm or Email: helpline@diabetes.org.uk
*Calls to 0345 numbers cost no more than calls to geographic (01 and 02) numbers and must be included in inclusive minutes on mobile phones and discount schemes. Calls from landlines are typically charged between 2p and 10p per minute while calls from mobiles typically cost between 10p and 40p per minute. Calls from landlines and mobiles to 0345 numbers are included in free call packages. Calls may be recorded for quality and training purposes.
Diabetes UK’s coronavirus advice web pages: www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus
Diabetes UK’s Learning Zone: www.diabetes.org.uk/learn

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