Two new animations report the views and experiences of young people (from 8 to 17 years old) using flash monitoring for type 1 diabetes. The FLASH (Glucose Monitoring for Young People with Diabetes) study aims to find out if a sensor worn on the skin of the upper arm can help young people to manage their diabetes better. It is supported by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), Research for Patient Benefit programme.

Dr Jenny Ingram, Dr Rebecca Kandiyali and the FLASH team created two short, animated videos showcasing how children and young people felt about using the sensor.

The videos — aimed at 8–12-year-olds and 13–17-year-olds — use quotes provided by children and young people, who took part in the study, to illustrate the impact that flash monitoring had on their everyday lives.

Dr Rebecca Kandiyali said:

“We hope that these animations will help both children and parents understand what it’s like to use a flash monitor.”

Dr Jenny Ingram said:

“We thought it was important to give young people a voice and let them tell us about their experiences.

“They saw the sensor as a tool that not only helped them manage their condition better, but was easy to use and let them get on with their lives.”

Watch the video for 8-12-year-olds

Watch the video for 13-17-year-olds