Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company well-known for making insulin pens, like the Novopen Echo, and insulin NovoRapid and Levemir, has developed an educational programme “to help healthcare professionals provide children and young people with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully manage type 1 diabetes at every stage of life.”

The leaflets are aimed to support healthcare professionals in their education of children and young people with Diabetes and as such, are thorough, evidence-based information sheets in-line with the most recent 2015 NICE guidelines. Information is split into 6 categories with age-appropriate suggestions for each: 6-7 years, 8-9 years, 10-11 years, 12-13 years, 14-15 years and 16 – 18 years old. The leaflets are written to incorporate earlier ages, so that families with a child within a specific age bracket do not need to work through all the leaflets but just the one that applies to them. Each age bracket includes health information for medical professionals, a leaflet to hand out to parents and a record sheet to be completed over a two year period to track progress in diabetes awareness and education.

It’s written for Diabetes clinics, but I found it to be an excellent resource for parents as well. It’s useful to have a guideline as to what will generally be expected of your child with Type 1 Diabetes when they reach a specific age.