Diabetes mellitus (Type 1 diabetes) is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. It affects around two per 1,000 children in England and Wales (in 2016-17 there were just over 2,800 new cases).
The vast majority of children and young people (around 95%), have Type 1 diabetes, whereas only a small number (around 5%), have Type 2 diabetes or other rare forms of diabetes.
About our audit
The National Paediatric Diabetes Audit (NPDA) is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and funded by NHS England and the Welsh Government.
The NPDA is performed annually in England and Wales. The clinic that you attend is asked to submit information about your child’s diabetes care. The sole aim is to provide information that leads to improved quality of care for children and young people affected by diabetes.
Our key conclusions from 2016-17
There have been significant improvements in the care of children and young people with diabetes.
This has been demonstrated by:
- a continuing decrease in national HbA1c levels
- increases in the percentages of children and young people with diabetes receiving their recommended health checks.
Parents and carers of children and young people with diabetes should:
- talk to their diabetes clinics about receiving and discussing the results of health checks, suitable for their age
- work with their diabetes team to achieve the best HbA1c level possible for their child by aiming for blood glucose levels within targets set by their clinic.
Ongoing support for children and young people with diabetes is important. This should include psychological assessment and ongoing support, structured educational packages, and blood glucose target setting to reduce the risk of long term complications.