Fantastic work in children’s services recognised at Paul Lock Memorial Lecture

The annual Paul Lock Memorial Lecture was held at NDDH earlier this month. This was a fantastic celebration of the care our staff give to young patients in North Devon.

Paediatric nurse Jane Dickinson was awarded the Paul Lock Memorial Prize in recognition for her work in the day surgery team.

Paediatric nurse Jane Dickinson (centre) with Chris and Gwen Lock

Jane was employed as the first paediatric nurse in day surgery.

Jane set up a team to create a pathway for care of children and young people with autism, ADHD, learning disability and / or high anxiety attending day surgery.

 The pathway aims to meet the individual needs of these children and young people.By better preparing them for their procedure this pathway minimises anxiety and stress associated with coming into hospital.

Improving care for young people with diabetes

At the lecture, the children and young people’s diabetes service talked about a quality improvement project they have worked on this year to improve the care of children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

There are around 70-80 children in North Devon with diabetes and it has a major impact on their wellbeing, quality of life and long-term health.

The children and young people’s diabetes service with Paul and Gwen Lock

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health quality improvement programme supported the project. It is part of a national initiative to improve diabetes outcomes in children.

Dr John-Paul Smith led the team. The project included involvement from children and families, with support from the local North Devon Juvenile Diabetes patient support group.

The project included:

  • A fantastic new ‘bee’ logo designed by one of the children
  • A new care pack with written resources
  • A diabetes education package – DeApp – has been introduced. This has fun animated videos for children and families to watch on a tablet or computer. The Paul Lock Memorial Fund generously funded this.
  • An update to the hospital guideline and care pathway
  • A letter template to support parents to request time off work after their child is diagnosed
  • More involvement of clinical psychology

The team would like to thank everyone involved in the project for their hard work.

About the Paul Lock Memorial Fund

Dr Paul Lock was a GP trainee on the children’s ward at NDDH when he died in 1998. His parents Chris and Gwen Lock set up the charity in 2007 with the aim of enhancing the training and development of medical students, junior doctors and nursing staff in paediatrics – and ultimately improving the care of children across North Devon and beyond. A lecture is held every year at NDDH to celebrate improvements in paediatric services in northern Devon.

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Last updated: December 23, 2019