If you, a family member or friend have been diagnosed with diabetes then here you'll find information about the Children's Diabetes team, our service (emergency service) and resources to help you in the daily management of diabetes.
Our team will offer every child and young person, together with their carers, a program of education and skills development, individualised and tailored to their needs, ability and personal goals that enables them to successfully manage their health on their journey from childhood, through adolescence to independent adulthood. We will work in partnership with them using age appropriate, evidence based educational methods to deliver a consistent approach across the network.
Meet the team
The Children's Diabetes team support children, young people and families who live with diabetes.
Top row left to right: Steph Waters, Nursing Associate; Rachel Mumford, Clinical Psychologist; Clare Longfellow, Dietitian; Nicky Godley, Dietitian; Dr Gardiner, Consultant; Julie Thompson, Coordinator; Jenny Coupland, Dietitian; Dr Grove, Consultant; Kate Scott, Diabetes Nurse; Becky Leeming, Diabetes Nurse; Dr Hemming, Consultant.
Bottom row left to right: Kayleigh Woodward, Diabetes Nurse; Nina Jackson, Dietitian; Dr Saunders, Consultant; Jess West, Health Care Assistant; Katie Anderson, Diabetes Nurse; Sally Jennians, Diabetes Nurse; Lindsay Grundy, Diabetes Nurse; Rachel Sutherland, Diabetes Nurse; Dr Allagoa, Consultant; Becky Picklet, Clinical Psychologist
Information for patients
The Diabetes Nurses provide patients with their own 'My diabetes workbook' that covers topics of:
- What is diabetes?
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Injection technique
- Emotional wellbeing
- Downloading of pumps and meters
The Dietitians provide education on:
- Healthy eating and carbohydrate counting [pdf] 815KB
- And they have resources including:
Ongoing support is provided by the Children’s Diabetes team including advice on:
- Foot care [pdf] 490KB
- Tips for safe travel
- Illness management
- Management of Hypoglycaemia.[pdf] 296KB
- Management of Hypoglycaemia on closed loops.[pdf] 292KB
- Medtronic Minimed 780G system with SmartGuard technology Top Tips.[pdf] 160KB
- Tandem TSlim X2 Insulin Pump with Control IQ technology Top Tips.[pdf] 131KB
- Alcohol and Type 1 Diabetes [pdf] 137KB
- Using the Unio Metre for children's diabetes (see video below)
We also recommend watching the videos on 'How to Check Blood Glucose Levels', 'How to Give An Injection of Insulin' and 'How To Give An Injection Of Glucagon' which are available on the 'Essentials' page of the Digibete website.
The team will also provide the following:
- Up-to-date, accurate and consistent information about diabetes.
- Help for children, young people and families to manage their diabetes.
- Appointments every 3 months.
- Diabetes psychology support if required.
- 24 hours on-call service for families.
Where can you access this service?
Our three monthly clinics are held at the appropriate Children’s Outpatients at:
- Dewsbury and District Hospital
- Pinderfields Hospital
- Pontefract Hospital
|Main office base for Pontefract and Pinderfields is: Rowan House, Aberford Road, Wakefield, WF14DG||
Telephone numbers: 01924 543380 / 543381
|Locala contact details (Dewsbury): c/o Admin Hub Batley Health Centre, 130 Upper Commercial Street, Batley, WF17 5ED||
Telephone number (SPOC) 03003 045555
Paediatric diabetes dietitians
The paediatric diabetes dietitians at Mid Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust provide support to children and young people under the care of the diabetes team.
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Diabetes.
For routine enquires Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm.
Office tel: 01924 543380/1
Office tel: 01924 543380/1
Kate Scott and Becky Leeming
Single Point of Contact (SPOC)03003 045555
Transition age 16-19 years
Transition age 16-19 years
EMERGENCY ADVICE LINE Please telephone 01924 541008
Open daily 7am to 8pm including bank holidays and weekends.
Please leave a name and full contact number and a member of the Paediatric Diabetes team will contact you. If they have not returned your call within 20 minutes please ring back.
After 8pm call 01924 541008 and ask to speak to the Paediatric Registrar.
This service should be used for urgent advice on management of:
If you are unable to reach the above, then contact your GP, NHS 111 service (by dialling 111) or the A&E Department.
|Dietitians||01924 543 580|
|Retinal Screening||01924 541217|
|Children’s Outpatients, Wakefield||01924 541421|
|Children’s Outpatients, Dewsbury||01924 319139|
|Children’s Outpatients, Pontefract||01977 747060|
|Adult Diabetes Centre, Wakefield||01924 213911|
|Adult Diabetes Centre, Pontefract||01977 747930|
|Adult Diabetes Centre, Dewsbury||01924 512289|
|Pinderfields Hospital Switchboard||01924 541 000|
The team provide training on Type 1 diabetes to school staff.
Please click the following link to find it:
To hear the audio, open the presentation in Slideshow View and press the speaker icon at the top when available.
If you would like to know more or for more training, call the office on 01924 543 380 or email
Resources for schools
Feedback from clinic appointments
If I, or my child, have any worries they don't ever hesitate answering any questions no matter how simple they may be and that's what I really like about the diabetes team. They are very understanding and helpful with any problems or worries we have.
It is like seeing family. They know me well and collaborate well to answer questions/plan next steps etc. They are very supportive and proactive.
Feedback from a parent about a 'Cook and Eat' event organised by the Children’s Diabetes team
The best thing about the session was the support given to us today as novices on this vital issue and seeing other children/adults dealing with this issues – a great learning curve. The staff were so supportive of everyone.
Next Steps group feedback
Feedback from South Asian diabetes group session
Dewsbury Young Diabetics aims to support families whose lives have been touched by diabetes. We organise regular meetings and information sessions and each year try to arrange activities to help children and families learn about the illness.
Digibete is a fantastic resource that has been developed by one of our patient families. It is a video platform designed to help families self-manage Type 1 diabetes and also prepare them for what to expect when they come to clinic for the first time.
Including: lipohypotrophy, injection sites and newly diagnosed information. Watch this video on how to give an injection of glucagon.
CYPDN is a national network of families and diabetes healthcare providers, all working towards a standardised approach to care for children and young people with Type 1 diabetes. Since it was established in 2010 we have seen a significant improvement in HbA1c levels.
JDRF is a global charity dedicated to funding research and providing support for children and young people with Type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes UK is the largest charity focussed on diabetes research in the UK. It provides information and support for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Locala provides the community care for North Kirklees.
Goals of diabetes education is a structured education programme created by Novo Nordisk. It is divided into 6 age groups, designed to provide an overview of key facts that patients and their families should understand and be able to implement as they progress from diagnosis through to transition to the adult service.