Diabetes control in UK children and young people is poor compared with other EU countries, and many young people disengage from diabetes services. This study aimed to tackle this challenge with a community-based, collaborative approach.
The study recruited and worked with a group of young people living with diabetes in Newham, East London to co-design the methods and the approach we used to talk to other young people living with diabetes, their families and health professionals. This led to the development of the Young Commissioners model.
The Young Commissioners model has:
- provided a framework to recruit, train and up-skill young people to work with health professionals and commissioners
- train healthcare professionals on how to design services that young people engage with and use.
This approach can be used by other commissioners and service providers to guide their work on service improvement.