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Saturday 16 June 2018 10.30am - 4.00pm
Swindon Town Football Club

For anyone 16-26 years old (if under 18 please bring an adult) and living with Type 1 diabetes, plus one guest.

Share tips and support (as well as those awkward stories) with other young people who really understand: lunch and snacks will be provided.

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February 2018

Flash Glucose Sensing (Abbott Freestyle Libre) available for children and young people in Oxfordshire

We are delighted to announce that the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) have approved prescribing of FreeStyle Libre sensors on the NHS. This will be for patients who meet certain criteria.

Please follow the link here, which has been sent to GPs in Oxfordshire, to see what the requirements are (pdf)

Prescriptions will be through the GP, on request by the paediatric diabetes team. We will be discussing with patients on an individual basis whether eligibility for Libre prescribing is possible during the routine diabetes clinic appointment.

In order for us to prescribe the Libre, certain criteria will need to be met. This includes that each individual will have attended structured education for use of the FreeStyle Libre. There are certain criteria that must also be met within the clinic, such as completing the relevant documentation and also participation in National Audit.

Any patient who is eligible and who meets the criteria will have a six-month trial, and following this it will be assessed whether funding can be continued. We are very happy to discuss this in more depth at your/your child’s next clinic appointment.

We will not be initiating request for funding until the beginning of May 2018. This is because it will take some time to get everything in place. If there are any questions, please do ask your doctor, nurse or dietitian when you attend your clinic appointment.

JDRF Type 1 Discovery Day

Sunday 25 March 2018 10.00am
School of Management, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7HX

Come along to JDRF's free family friendly sports day - a relaxed, informal morning where you can find out more about the latest progress in type 1 diabetes research, listen to inspirational talks and meet other families affected by the condition.

December 2017

Trotman's team triumphs in Oxford Mail football league

Boy in football kit on the pitch about to kick a ball

Jos Trotman is a boy of many talents: he manages his type 1 diabetes, and also competes at a top level for youth football in Oxfordshire.

Jos plays for Abingdon Under 14s and took part in the Oxford Mail Boys' League U14 Knockout Cup on Sunday 3 December 2017 against Caversham Colts U14. The knockout competition is organised for the top two divisions in the League.

Playing sport at such a high level can require careful management of diabetes, but Jos has always achieved this cheerfully and with pride.

Jos' family believes this has been possible with the strong support of the Diabetes Sports clinic, ensuring Jos is aware of all aspects of diabetes management and able to make any changes as appropriate.

They said: "The Abingdon Youth team is really supportive of Jos; the coaching staff always make sure he has time to adjust pump settings - or finger prick if needed - whenever he needs to do this.

"Thanks so much to you and all the doctors at the Sports Clinic for all the help and guidance you've given us."

July 2017


Mud run for fun and fundraisingMuddy children relaxing after the run

There was much mud and madness when Joe Binns, his sister Jess, and friends Eddie, Archie, Joey, Harry and Dylan participated in a military mud run to raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

The 5km run included obstacles to climb over and lots of muddy water to go through.

Joe said "The best part was where we had to go down a slide into a pond with very black water! By the end we were extremely muddy."

The group raised an magnificent amount from the event and raised over £600 for JDRF. It was definitely mud madness, as Joe also said, "I would definitely do it again because it was so much fun!"

June 2017


Ashington to Amsterdam

Cyclists celebrating in Amsterdam

Wheels were spinning and legs were turning when Kev Binns and three friends, Andrew, Jeremy and Darius, cycled from Ashington in Sussex to Amsterdam in just five days.

Taking the ferry from Dover to Calais, they cycled through Belgium and finished in Amsterdam. The photo shows the four cyclists when they completed their tour in Amsterdam.

This cyclothon has topped their fundraising efforts for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to just over £4000. An incredible achievement!

Cycling for Diabetes - Chippy to Children's Hospital

A group of people lined up in an office

Oxford Children's Hospital was spinning round with wheels and excitement in June 2017, when Aaron Perry from the Team Novonordisk Professional Cycling Team called in at the Children's Hospital to visit and encourage budding future cyclists and athletes.

Aaron has Type 1 Diabetes and yet it has not stopped him in his desire to pursue a career in cycling and indeed, he is a professional cyclist.

Aaron was inspirational to everyone who attended, not only in his ability to cycle around the UK for a whole week to raise the awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and Exercise, but also in his presentation on managing diabetes and being a professional cyclist. Aaron spent time talking with the young people and their families who attended and answering any questions they had.

His key messages were that "There is a very large variance in how the condition presents for people and how their bodies respond to diet, insulin and activity and mistakes in personal management frequently occur and a key issue is learning from them."

He also highlighted the importance of an "Ongoing trusted dialogue with a health care professional" which he said "makes a qualitative difference for people living with the condition" and reiterated the importance of regular physical exercise being essential to everyone.

May 2017

Swim 22 Challenge for Diabetes UK

Three swimming caps with Swim 22 branding

Team McGinley - Brian, Sharon, Hannah, Louisa and Aiden - took on this challenge to raise money for Diabetes UK.

They had to swim 22 miles (the distance across the English Channel) over three months.

They are all keen swimmers, but it was a long distance - 1,416 lengths of a 25 metre pool! The tricky bit was getting the children to the pool after school, as they had other sport clubs to attend.

Hannah would test her blood glucose before getting in to swim, and take a Lucozade bottle with her.

They completed the challenge before May, and to date have raised over £500 for Diabetes UK, alongside raising awareness of the charity through social media.

Year 4 fun finding facts

Our Year 4 children had a great day at Tackley learning about diabetes in a fun and friendly way.

They learned about carb counting and how diabetes affects the body. New friendships were made (as well as pizzas and crispy cakes.)

Roaring success

Two smiling girls in front of a grassed area

The sun shone for our Year 5 children at Cotswold Wildlife Park and the animals kindly all came out of their houses.

We especially enjoyed watching penguins feeding and viewing the lions in their den and taking a peek at the monkeys as they cheekily pushed their arms through fencing to get the leaves.

There were lots of smiles and waves at the passers-by and the wildlife on the train ride and the adventure park proved a big success for team-building.

April 2017

Snappy day out at Crocodile World!

Three children touching a baby crocodile

There was lots of fun and excitement in April for a group of 8-9 year olds in Year 3, who had a day out at Crocodile World in Carterton.

The children saw many different crocodiles and learnt about where they came from and how they live. Some of the children were brave enough to touch and hold them (though always avoiding those teeth!)

January 2017

Lizzie takes the Half Channel Challenge

Lizzie Elliot

Lizzie Elliot was four years old when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Now eight, she is swimming 10.5 miles - half the distance across the channel - to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), which is working to find a cure.

This means swimming 672 lengths over the course of 12 weeks.

December 2016

Awarded with pride

Team collecting their award on a stage

The Children's Diabetes Service won the Gold Award in the category 'Team of the Year' at the OUH Staff Recognition Awards, having been chosen from 150 nominations.

A trophy, certificate and medal badges were presented to staff at the awards ceremony in December 2016.

October 2016

Karen Ross is Diabetes Outstanding Educator in Diabetes 2016

Karen Ross

Karen Ross, who runs our Diabetes Education Programme, was named Outstanding Educator in Diabetes at the prestigious national Quality in Care Programme Diabetes Awards 2016. The award was based on a public online vote.

Most of you will have met Karen at some point along your diabetes journey. She has worked in Oxfordshire with youngsters who have diabetes for over 20 years, teaching them about all things diabetes.

Without her we would not have our annual Calshot Activity weekend; she also coordinates all our group education sessions and other training, keeping the staff in the team organised so we're all there to deliver the teaching with her.

For full details, please visit our main website 'News' section via the link below.

Karen was unfortunately not able to attend the QiC ceremony, but her award was collected by three members of the OUH Paediatric Diabetes Service.

Thank you, all of you who voted for Karen!

August 2016

Exercise Clinic shortlisted for national award

Oxfordshire Children's Diabetes Service's Exercise Clinic was shortlisted as a finalist for the Quality in Care Diabetes Team Initiative Award 2016.

This award recognises outstanding multidisciplinary team achievements and contributions that help better prevent, diagnose or treat diabetes and support self-care management to improve diabetes user experience and outcomes.

Teamwork plays a critical and growing role in high-quality diabetes care. The Clinic was commended at the awards ceremony.

June 2016

Samuel and the 1000 mile challenge

Sharon Darke and Samuel

Samuel and his Mum Sharon Darke, from Middleton Cheney, Oxfordshire, decided to set themselves a challenge of running 1000 miles between them in a calendar year.

They are raising awareness and money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Ltd (JDRF) and have raised £527 - £27 more than their £500 target.

Samuel, who is in Year 9 at school, uses an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor to manage his Type 1 diabetes.

Sharon says:

"His school has been greatly supportive since he was diagnosed and our hospital has been amazing.

"Samuel is incredibly sporty and we run 'Parkrun' together most weeks. He also loves football. We have managed to fit Type 1 diabetes around his lifestyle.

"We have been so lucky to have such great support from both Samuel's school and the hospital since he was diagnosed 14 months ago.

"I am so proud of him. We are hoping that there will be a cure one day soon."

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February 2016

Dr Julie Edge retires after 29 years in Oxford

Julie EdgeDr Julie Edge, Lead Consultant for Oxfordshire Children's Diabetes Service, has announced her retirement at the end of March 2016.

She has worked in Oxford for over 29 years, first as a Research Fellow, then a Senior Registrar, becoming a Consultant in 1997. Since 2001 she has led the service, which later included patients at the Horton General Hospital.

Over the years the Oxford team has been involved in many research projects, ensuring that Oxford has been at the forefront of new developments in children's diabetes management, which has changed beyond recognition over the past decades. It has been hugely rewarding to see how these new treatments and technologies have benefitted our patients.

Julie says: "It has been a privilege working with and learning from all the children and teenagers I have looked after during my time in Oxford.

"I shall miss all the young people and the parents, many of whom I have got to know very well over the years. I particularly thank all the people who have worked with us to support the children and teenagers, and those who have raised funds and raised awareness with us.

"I would like to say goodbye to each of you personally, but I know that will not be possible over the next three months. I do wish you all the very best in the future under new management."

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