Children’s Diabetes

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Children’s Diabetes

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.

Team aims:

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.

Children's diabetes team

Top row left to right: Steph Waters, Nursing Associate; Rachel Mumford, Clinical Psychologist; Shaeen Hussain, Senior Diabetic Clinic Assistant; Nicky Godley, Dietitian; Dr Gardiner, Consultant; Julie Thompson, Coordinator; Jenny Coupland, Dietitian; Dr Grove, Consultant; Kate Scott, Diabetes Nurse; Becky Leeming, Diabetes Nurse.

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; Dr Allagoa, Consultant; Dr Hemming, Consultant.

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 'My diabetes workbook' will be added to this page soon.

The Dietitians provide education on:

Healthy eating and carbohydrate counting pdf

Ongoing support is provided by the Children’s Diabetes team including advice on:

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

Postal addresses

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

Contact details

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Diabetes.

For routine enquires Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm.

Pontefract Wakefield


Office tel: 01924 543380/1

Office tel: 01924 543380/1

Kate Scott and Becky Leeming

Single Point of Contact (SPOC)

03003 045555

Lindsay Grundy

0-15 years

Mob: 07712539445

Katie Anderson// Kayleigh Woodward

0-15 years

Mob: 07899901169/07514722688


Sally Jennians

Transition age 16-19 years

Mob: 07881505264

Sally Jennians

Transition age 16-19 years

Mob: 07881505264


Steph Waters

Mob: 07808524096

Steph Waters

Mob: 07808524096


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:

  • Illness
  • Vomiting
  • High blood ketones
  • Severe hypo reaction

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 0113 867 2500.
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:

Diabetes schools training with audio [pptx] 73MB

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

Schools carb counting

My Diabetes Social Story 

My Diabetes Social Story Interactive Worksheet 


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.

Cook and Eat event organised by the Children's Diabetes team

Next Steps group feedback

phrases taken from patient feedback

Feedback from South Asian diabetes group session 

Group session photo

feedback from the South Asian diabetes group

Useful links

Wakefield Families Together - For family support across Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford. 

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.

West Yorkshire Healthier Together is a NHS organisation with the goal to improve the health of babies, children and young people throughout West Yorkshire.