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July 2021 Bulletin


Welcome to July’s E-bulletin for the Thames Valley Children and Young People with Diabetes Network. I’d like to welcome our newest Parent representative to our network, Eram Qurban. We now have three parent representatives, Sophie Banks from Oxfordshire, Tracy Savory from Berkshire and Eram from Buckinghamshire. As we know, the NHS England Long Term plan calls for a greater engagement with patients and their families to deliver patient-centred care, nationally we are now much more aligned with the Families with Diabetes Network.


The following are areas of interest identified by our parent representatives:


  1. Funding, availability and use of closed loop systems.
  2. Education programmes and associated peer support.
  3. How the diabetes expertise acquired by parents and patients can be utilised within the diabetes community, medical and industrial sectors and utilising the NCYPDN to do this.
  4. Raising the profile of NCYPDN and transition.


Points 1-3 are relevant to the national working groups Aim 2 looking at ‘Access to technology’ and Aim 4 to ‘Ensure we will have full parent, children and young people representation and voice in diabetes services’. If anyone has any ideas or work proposals for the 4 areas above, please let me know.


Fiona and I would also like to thank Jane Haest for supporting the network as Vice-chair for the past 3 years, Jane was involved in the development of the national network delivery plan and has represented the Thames Valley Network at several key national meetings. Jane stepped down from her role as vice-chair this month and is succeeded by Anne-Marie Frohock. Jane will continue in her role as lead network nurse.


Many thanks,





July E-bulletin

Save the date

Thames Valley Network meetings

Conferences Dates 2021/22

ESPE 2021 Online

ISPAD 47th Annual Conference 2021

ISPAD Science School for Healthcare Professionals 2021

Diabetes Professional Care Conference

BSPED 48th Annual Conference

Thames Valley Health Psychology Network

16th ACDC Annual Conference

Staff Education

  1. BDA Courses
  2. Diabetes UK

Staff Information and Opportunities

  1. Self-Assessment Open
  2. Motivational Interviewing
  3. Promoting Physical Activity, consultation guides
  4. Calling all Dietitians and Nurses
  5. Network Dietitians
  6. Diabetes UK Summer Camp – Call for Volunteers
  7. DigiBete
  8. QI Collaborative Website

CYP, Parents and Carers Information and Events

  1. Diathlete
  2. RCPCH & Us
  3. JDRF Discovery Day



Save the date

Thames Valley Network meetings

13th July 9-12AM – Network Meeting

14th July 9-10AM – Lead Nurses Meeting

1st September 9-10AM – Lead Nurses Meeting

22nd September 9-10.30AM – Dietitians Meeting

13th October 9-10AM – Lead Nurses Meeting

17th November 9-4PM – TV and Wessex Network Meeting

9th December 2-3.30PM – Dietitians Meeting


Conferences Dates 2021/22

ESPE 2021 Online

22nd – 26th September

Due to Covid the ESPE 2020 Liverpool programme has been converted to an online event for 2021, the programme is still being finalising so for now please save the date.

ISPAD 47th Annual Conference 2021

13-15th October 2021 ‘Bridging the Distances’, Virtual

ISPAD Science School for Healthcare Professionals 2021

11-12th October 2021, Virtual

Diabetes Professional Care Conference

10-11th November 2020, Olympia London

The free to attend, CPD-accredited education conference

Currently still scheduled to go ahead

BSPED 48th Annual Conference

24-25 November, Virtual

Abstract submissions now open and will close 8th July 2021

Thames Valley Health Psychology Network

24 November 2021, Virtual

More information to follow.

16th ACDC Annual Conference

4th February, 2022

Conference Aston, Aston University Campus B74BL Birmingham


Staff Education


a.       BDA Courses

Consolidating dietetic practice

6th July 2021, virtual

New course aimed at those looking to work in a specialist Diabetes role.


Dietetic Practice in Diabetes – the next step

13th July 2021, virtual

Designed for those that have completed consolidating dietetic practice


b.      Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK have a range of courses for HCP including emotional wellbeing, clinical championship and discovering leadership.


Staff Information and Opportunities

a.       Self-Assessment Open

The Self assessment platform will be open between 14 June and 30 July 2021 for services to submit their annual data. Visit: RCPCH Self Assessment DataPortal

To register new users or change details, please contact the staff team at Users can reset their own passwords via the platform.

b.      Motivational Interviewing

Solenne Guest, Dietitian from Royal Berkshire Hospital delivered an insightful CPD session to our network Dietitians on Motivational Interviewing. It’s an area that most dietitians are familiar with and something that we can all learn from and incorporate into our practice to better engage our patients and help them to create realistic goals and succeed in making changes. What is it? Motivational interviewing is a patient centred approach that guides patients to devise their own motivations to change and in doing so, find their own solutions.

For more information, the BMJ have a free one hour module introducing MI:

c.       Promoting Physical Activity, consultation guides

Weight has been a long standing issue for children and young people with Diabetes. The recent NPDA shows that 43% of children aged over 12yrs are overweight/obese. The following guides from ‘Moving Medicine’ provide a useful tool for healthcare professionals to integrate physical activity into their consultations.

Consultation guides for promoting physical activity:


d.      Calling all Dietitians and Nurses

There are a number of job vacancies within our network:

  • John Radcliffe Hospital

Band 6 Diabetes Specialist Nurse (


  • Royal Berkshire Hospital

Band 6 Specialise Senior Staff Nurse (Diabetes) (

  • Wycombe Hospital

Band 6 Specialist Paediatric and Diabetes Dietitian (

  • Wexham Park Hospital

Band 6/7 Advanced specialist paediatric diabetes dietitian (


e.       Network Dietitians

Anne-Marie Frohock has been our Network Lead Dietitian for the past 3 years and as she is now taking on the role of Network Vice-chair, she will no longer be continuing as lead dietitian for the network. This is an excellent opportunity for a dietitian to learn more about the network and to get involved in national projects. Commitment required: attendance to network meetings 4/year, Dietitian network meetings 3-4/year and national working group 3-4/year. We recognise that many dietitians are not full-time and as such this role could be a job share. Once covid restrictions have further eased, travel expenses will be met.

Please speak with Anne-Marie or me for further information.

f.        Diabetes UK Summer Camp – Call for Volunteers

Diabetes UK Type 1 Summer Camp in Liddington, Swindon

Saturday, 21 August (2pm) until Wednesday, 25 August (1pm)


A Type 1 Summer Camp is a unique experience that gives 11–15-year-olds living with type 1 the time and space to gain confidence, share experiences, and realise they’re not alone. We rely on healthcare professional volunteers to run these life-changing events. Volunteer with us and you’ll enhance your professional practice, gaining invaluable experience of being away from clinic in the field managing type 1. You’ll see how your advice has a life-long impact, ensuring everyone leaves feeling more confident about living with and managing type 1.


For our 2021 Summer Camp we are looking for PDSNs, DSNs, registrars, consultants, and dietitians. You can find out what’s involved in volunteering at a camp as a healthcare professional by reading our What to Expect guide here. Once you’re ready, you can apply to volunteer here.


g.       DigiBete

Digibete have secured further funding from NHS England for the next 2 years. Please encourage your patients to use this app and for staff wishing to update their training click the following link:

h.      QI Collaborative Website

This website has been made for teams to use both as an instructional resource for QI as well as a platform to share their posters, presentations and other resources. Link to website (you will need to register first):

Video tour:



CYP, Parents and Carers Information and Events

a.       Diathlete

This is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about sports and type 1 diabetes. The team regularly hold events so it’s worth checking the site intermittently or following on facebook/twitter for updates.

b.      RCPCH & Us

The RCPCH works with children and young people to create information that is relevant and meaningful. If you’d like to learn more or have a child or young person that would be interested in joining the group, visit

c.       JDRF Discovery Day

Learning to manage type 1 Diabetes at school and university

4 September 2021 10.30-12.45 – Held virtually

Hear from healthcare professionals on how best to manage type 1 in any education setting and from parents and pupils on their own experiences. Sign up here