The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Frances is Diabetes UK Clinical Champion

3 October 2017

Frances Hanson, Children’s Diabetes Dietician at St James’s, has been chosen as a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, to help transform care for people living with diabetes in the Leeds area.Frances Hanson Diabetes

As a Clinical Champion, Frances will undertake a two-year leadership development programme, supported by Diabetes UK. Through her training, Frances will identify areas in need of improvement and push for changes to improve the care that people in Leeds receive.

Frances said: “I am delighted to have been accepted onto the clinical champions programme. This will allow me the opportunity and time to work with the DigiBete team to develop digital education resources for children and young people with diabetes.”

As part of the Clinical Champions programme Frances has chosen to work with the DigiBete project. This is a new initiative, launched in 2016, a collaboration between parents, patients and the Children and Young People’s Diabetes Team.

DigiBete is a digital, web-based platform, initially creating educational videos and tools to support families and patients after a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. The videos use real staff and patients, and include shared experience stories.

The time commitment and leadership required by the Clinical Champions programme means Frances can help develop these videos and create new ones based on demand. There have already been requests for food, activity and lifestyle themed videos.

Frances said: “The DigiBete project reflects several of the Leeds Way values. This way of enhancing patient education makes it more accessible and in a format more familiar to young people in today’s digital world.”

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