Transition from Paediatric Diabetes to Young People's Services

The paediatric diabetes team at James Cook Hospital start to prepare you for transition to young people’s services when you commence secondary school.

This process starts with the invitation to attend a school clinic two to three times a year. You will be offered a 20 minute appointment, without your parents, within school; which can be used to review blood glucose and get advice on insulin adjustment or for structured education or to ask any questions you may have.

Transition to Young Adult Services begins at 14 when you and your family meet all members of the transition team in the paediatric clinic setting. Members of the Young People’s Team strive to attend each MDT clinic for the following two years; giving you and your family the opportunity to get to know your new team.

At the end of year 10 (academic year) you and your family are invited to a transition event and are given information on the plan for your transition and have the opportunity to ask any questions. This event is usually very popular with good attendance; although this may be the result of the Domino’s Pizza and free cinema tickets for you and a friend.

In the autumn; as you enter year 11 the clinic timings change and you will be offered an evening clinic appointment; which is held in the adult services department. The transition team have a designated waiting area for young people with appropriate literature, magazines, free WiFi access and a computer and games console. Free tea and coffee and soft drinks are available.

The young person’s team consists of a consultant with a special interest in transition, a nurse who carries the caseload for all young people between the ages of 16 and 19 years, a dietitian, a youth support worker and a psychologist.

There is a designated insulin pump service with a highly skilled team consisting of a Consultant, 2 specialist nurses and a dietitian.

  • Both teams have access to a psychologist.
  • There is access to a podiatrist if required.

Clinics are held in the diabetes care centre (DCC) every Monday afternoon between 1pm and 5pm for those on MDI or BD/TDS regimes. For young people on an insulin pump; clinics are held every Tuesday morning between 9am and 1pm.

Contact details

Consultant: Dr Arutchelvam

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Marton Rd
Middlesbrough
TS4 3BW

Tel: 01642 850850

Nurse: Marie Presgrave

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Marton Rd
Middlesbrough
TS4 3BW

Tel: 01642 854232
Email: Marie.presgrave@nhs.net

Youth Support Worker: Kirsten Stevens

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Marton Rd
Middlesbrough
TS4 3BW

Tel: 01642 854232
Email: Kirsten.stevens@nhs.net

Dietitian: Leoni Prince

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Marton Rd
Middlesbrough
TS4 3BW

Tel: 01642 854777