Children’s Diabetes

Children’s Diabetes

If you, a family member, or friend have been diagnosed with diabetes, this webpage provides information about our Children's Diabetes team, their services, and resources to help manage diabetes. 

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 Rowe, 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.

Our team's aim:

Our team will offer every child and young person with diabetes, along with their carers, a personalised education and skills programme. This will be tailored to their needs, abilities, and goals, helping them manage their diabetes from childhood through to independent adulthood. We will work in partnership with them, using age-appropriate and evidence-based methods, to provide consistent care across our network.

Services Provided by Our Team 

Our team offers: 

  • Up-to-date, accurate, and consistent information about diabetes.
  • Support for children, young people, and families in managing diabetes.
  • Multidisciplinary team (MDT) diabetes clinic appointments every 3 months with a consultant, nurse, and dietitian.
  • Nurse clinics.
  • Personalised dietitian support.
  • Diabetes psychology support if needed.
  • 24-hour on-call service for families. 

Where can you access this service?

Our clinics are held at the Children's Outpatients at:

Dewsbury and District Hospital
Pinderfields Hospital
Pontefract Hospital

We also offer support at home, school, and via phone calls. 

Contact details

For routine enquires Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm.
Pontefract & Wakefield Office tel: 01924 543380
Contact details for Children's Diabetes
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Diabetes Contact details
Kate Scott and Becky Leeming (Dewsbury) Single Point of Contact (SPOC) 03003 045555
Lindsay Grundy (Pontefract) 0-15 years   Mobile: 07595792655

Sally Jennians (Pontefract)

Transition age 16-19 years


Mobile: 07881505264

Katie Anderson (Wakefield)

0-15 years


Mobile: 07899901169

Kayleigh Woodward (Wakefield)

Transition age 16-19 years


Mobile: 07514722688

Steph Waters (Ponetfract and Wakefield)

Mob: 07808524096


Dietitians Contact details
Nina Jackson


Jenny Coupland



Dietitians office

01924 543 580


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.

Useful information for patients

Low blood glucose levels:

Food & nutrition

Physical activity and exercise 


Pumps and devices

South Asian

Healthy eating  

British dietetic resources: 

Recipes- healthy and affordable:

Coeliac Disease

Type 2 diabetes


Summer Cook & Eat – Cooking Time!

Join us for a fun session of making pizzas and baking a cake! We will also practice carbohydrate counting before enjoying our delicious creations.
You can bring a family member or a friend. If a friend or sibling is attending, a guardian over 18 must be present as well. This event is aimed at 8–17 year olds. 
Dietary requirements will be catered for, please inform us when booking.
Please note this is a free event ran by your diabetes team. At least 1 nurse and dietitian will be present in the sessions.
The next session will be:
  • Date:  Wednesday 14th August
  • Time:  10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Location:  Horbury Academy, Wakefield Road, Wakefield WF4 5HE

Future events:

  • Date:  Wednesday 28th August
  • Time:  10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Location:  Castleford Academy, Ferrybridge Road, Castleford WF10 4JQ

To Book:

Message 07745 109355 or email:


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 and Wakefield 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.