Paediatric Diabetes

The Team

Dr John-Paul SmithConsultant Paediatrician and Lead for paediatric diabetes
Dr Julian CoxConsultant Paediatrician
Richard ToddLead Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for paediatric diabetes
Beverly AndersonClinical Nurse Specialist for paediatric diabetes
Claire MorganPaediatric Dietician
Claire SmithClinical Psychologist
Susan JefferyAdministrator
Helen ElliottSecretary to Dr John-Paul Smith

Contact details

Team email: ndht.cypdiabetes@nhs.net

Normal working day:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist working hours are 08.00 to 18.00; phone 07884266159 or 07920235237. Calls will be forwarded to the working person at that time irrespective of which number you choose to call.
  • If the phone is not answered immediately then leave a message and you will be called back when the CNS is available.
  • Calls to the CNS out of hours will be returned the following day (may be up to 22 hours later)
  • Administrative Assistant working hours are 09.30 to 14.30 (Mon, Wed, Thurs, and Fri); phone 01271314106
  • Dr J-P Smith’s secretary – Helen Elliot, working hours are 08.00 to 16.00.  For non-urgent queries or requests for information from Dr Smith; phone 01271322397.

Bank holidays and weekends:

  • A rota has been devised to ensure to cover 365 days per year.
  • On weekends and bank holidays the CNS will work an on-call rota. The on-call service will be available from 08.30 to 11.00am each day.

Out of Clinical Nurse Specialist hours:

  • Parents who need clinical advice for their child with type 1 diabetes can phone Caroline Thorpe Ward; phone 01271 322704.  They will ask to speak to the senior doctor on call.

Paediatric services provided

Comprehensive care for children and young people with type 1 diabetes up to the age of 19 years – with the involvement of their families, support services, social, educational, medical services and staff.

This support includes:

  • Provision of 365 day per year contact to the Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • 3-monthly multi-disciplinary outpatient clinics across a range of sites: North Devon District Hospital, Holsworthy, Bude, South Molton, Bideford
  • Home and school visits
  • Structured education for all associated with the child or young person
  • Support to prevent the need for hospital admission
  • Support during admissions to hospital
  • Regular access to dietetic and clinical psychology support
  • Transition process to enable the safe and effective movement towards adulthood and also adult services
  • Individual and group education depending on circumstances and need
  • Dedicated age-banded clinics

Treatments offered:

  • Subcutaneous insulin injection therapy,  continuous subcutaneous infusion (pump) therapy, oral medication or dietary input according to individual child’s need

Commitment:

To provide excellence in care in accordance to regional and national standards.  We participate in the peer review process and the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit.  We are members of the South-West Paediatric Diabetes Network.

Referrals to the diabetes team

In cases of suspected diabetes in children (0-18 years of age) there should be a same day referral to the acute paediatrics team.

North Devon Juvenile Diabetes support group – www.northdevonjuvenilediabetes.co.uk

Useful links

Diabetes UK – www.diabetes.org.uk

Association of Children’s Diabetes Clinicians – www.a-c-d-c.org

Diabetes and sport – www.runsweet.com

Upbete – www.upbete.co.uk

Children with diabetes – www.childrenwithdiabetes.com

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – www.jdrf.org.uk

Last updated: October 3, 2017