Regional Innovation Fund (RIF)
The Regional Innovation Fund provided support to promote the adoption of innovation and the spread of best practice across the NHS. NHS England took over the management of the RIF in 2013 and ran two consecutive calls for 2013/14 and 2014/15 years funding 87 projects in total. The last funding call for projects closed in May 2014.
T1K1: Health improvement of children and young people with Type1 diabetes using simple Telehealth
|Diabetes takes a severe toll on those who develop it with life expectancy reduced on average, by 23 years in people with Type 1 diabetes. The challenge for healthcare professionals is to provide the environment in which diabetes can be jointly managed, promoting self-care and empowerment.|
T1KZ was established in Durham to support young people and children with Type1 diabetes and their families. The group is hosted by Investing in Children and offers support to families and carers using Florence Simple Telehealth across the North East and Cumbria, and works with Sunderland and Newcastle Universities to identify and support students with Type1 diabetes.
Young people and children take a lead and, supported by project workers, meet with diabetes paediatric teams and attend clinics to speak to young people about setting up T1KZ in their local area. This is very intensive and can mean multiple visits to clinics and researching the local area to identify appropriate venues for groups.
Kelly, a young girl who had a chaotic family life and high HbA1c, tended to return from school, change and go out without testing her glucose levels. She received reminder texts and within 6 weeks her readings were within normal range for the first time in several years.
Award Value: £29,800
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