Clinical advisor appointed for review of services for children and young adults living with diabetes

GIRFT has appointed a new clinical advisor to support the delivery of its national review of services for children and young adults living with diabetes, being run as a joint initiative between the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) team and the NHS Diabetes Programme.

Dr Dita Aswani, a consultant paediatrician specialising in diabetes and weight management at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, will work closely with the workstream’s clinical lead, Dr Fulya Mehta, to identify variation in care and outcomes between and within Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) in England, highlight the challenges and opportunities, and develop recommendations for improvement.

A particular focus of the workstream will be on workforce and on reducing health inequalities for children and young adults (CYA), including access to diabetes technology and transition from paediatric to adult services.

Dr Aswani has been a consultant in paediatric diabetes since 2012 and is the NHS England CYA diabetes programme regional clinical lead for North East & Yorkshire. She was a Diabetes UK clinical champion between 2021-23, and currently sits on the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit (NPDA) methodology and dataset group, NICE committees for diabetes (NG18) and weight management (NG10182), and the Quality Standards Committee for obesity. She is a member of RCPCH Health Improvement Committee as assistant officer for nutrition and obesity, and represents the College on the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) board.

“I am delighted to be appointed to this national role and look forward to getting to work on the pilot phase before the GIRFT gateway visits begin. The GIRFT programme will bring together colleagues from paediatric and young adult services with system commissioning leads and key decision makers. This is a great opportunity for productive discussions about local challenges and how they can be overcome, in order to reduce variation in care and outcomes within and between ICBs.”

The new GIRFT/NHS Diabetes Programme ‘gateway’ reviews will cover care for those up to the age of 25, and a questionnaire will be circulated to all units and ICBs in advance of visits. The initial pilot phase is expected to get under way shortly.

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