A pioneering new DVD is set to help children living with diabetes.
The DVD has been developed by the Children’s Diabetes Team at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust to aid schools in supporting youngsters as they manage their condition.
Children with Type 1 diabetes are the stars and are featured explaining to teachers how they can be most effectively helped.
They talk about how to manage high and low blood sugars, the different ways of delivering insulin, diet and how sport and stressful situations may affect their diabetes management.
The film also includes a cartoon animation.
Rose Hagreen, the trust’s children’s diabetes support worker, said: “We asked young people with diabetes already in our care to deliver the education as they are the ones who truly understand the issues that they face on a day to day basis.
“They are the experts in effect and coming from them should be reassuring to other youngsters and they are best placed to tell the teachers how they should be supported.”
The Children’s Diabetes Team has traditionally offered teaching sessions to teachers and support staff, but with an increasing number of schools this was becoming impossible.
The idea of the DVD was then born and this was filmed at Brighouse High School.
The DVD will be sent to all schools ahead of the new start of term in September.
To mark this a special “Oscars” night will be held on August 30 at Calderdale Royal Hospital.
Rose’s daughter Rachel, who is studying media at university, and a pal Ben Harvie, undertook the filming an animation with the editing and script added later.
Paediatric diabetes specialist nurse Maria Whiteley, said: “The idea of the DVD is that it will be available for schools to use as part of their on-going teacher training days.
“We will continue to visit the schools but this ensures that they all get training before term starts.”
The DVD was funded by donations from the Huddersfield Parents Support Group for children living with Type 1 diabetes and from drugs companies.