Clinical nurse employed as first specialist diabetes schools educator

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board hires paediatric nurse to provide training in schools

A paediatric clinical nurse specialist has been named as the first specialist diabetes schools educator in Wales.

Specialist diabetes school educator Corinna Bretland in her office

Corinna Bretland will be providing diabetes education and support to school staff and has been appointed by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB).

There are approximately 1,500 children under the age of 17 with type 1 diabetes in Wales, and 220 are supported by the UHB.

Up to 25 new cases are seen by the health board each year which require intensive structured education packages, including checking blood glucose levels, diet and the administration of insulin during the school day.

School staff need support and training to enable them to safely oversee diabetes care. The annual number of school visits by paediatric diabetes specialist nurses has doubled in the past decade in Cardiff and Vale.

Ms Bretland said she hopes her new role will help to establish improved understanding and support systems for school staff and pupils with diabetes and their families.

‘This will promote an environment that allows pupils to develop, grow and flourish in their school life, despite the daily challenges of living with diabetes, which is complex to manage and requires considerable dedication to treatment if health complications are to be avoided,’ she said.

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