Forum member Marie Marshall gives an overview of the Streetwise leaflets for children and young people with Type 1 diabetes
The Streetwise leaflets provide information on a number of different topics for children and young people with Type 1 diabetes. The idea for the leaflets came from the RCN Paediatric and Adolescent Specialist Interest Group around the mid-1990s.
The group approached the company Lilly UK, to help them develop some specific patient material for young people with Type 1 diabetes. Lilly's role was to take the content provided by the specialist interest group and design a leaflet that would be suitable. In 2005/6 the streetwise leaflets went through a face lift and were re-branded and had the content updated to the current style that is available today.
There are 14 different leaflets in the Streetwise range and they are:
- home blood glucose testing
- drinking safely
- high blood glucose
- emotional well being
- sick day rules
- sex & Beyond
- top tips for schools
- body piercing & tattoos.
The RCN Children and Young People's Diabetes Community were last year involved in writing four new leaflets, two that have been recently launched. These are are Type 1 Diabetes and Insulin Pumps, and a further two are due to be launched this year and they are Annual Review & Drugs.
Currently the leaflets are only available in the UK, but there are a number of countries that have expressed interested in the leaflets so this could change in the future.
The Streetwise leaflets are available to health care professionals registering with lilly here