It is recognised by
National Institute for Clinical Excellence
(NICE) that the provision of high quality structured
diabetes education is a vital part of any diabetes services. As
such it should be offered to people with diabetes.
should be seen as part of patients treatment, therefore patients
should be encouraged to attend.
education should be offered if appropriate and available.
diabetes education is the first step, ongoing support by patient
health care team is therefore imperative, without this messages
are less likely to be imbedded into self-management.
There are various
education programmes running across Bedfordshire and Luton CCGs.
See below for details.
Away from Diabetes (Luton) is a new
intervention programme for those at risk of developing type 2
diabetes. Many of the issues and challenges in health care are
around chronic illness and can only be addressed through a
different approach to health management.
This is a 3-hour structured group education
programme delivered by two trained Educators. The 3-hour course
offers participants the opportunity to explore their personal
risk and to identify the changes they need to make to remain
healthy. The programme utilises an approach to promoting
behavioural change and is based around the
award winning DESMOND approach.
Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly
Diagnosed (Luton & Bedfordshire)
an effective, evidence-based self-management education programme
for people with Type 2 diabetes. The 6-hour programme is
delivered by two trained facilitators using specially developed
resources. The programme is delivered in local healthcare or
community venues to groups of up to 10 people with diabetes.
Participants are encouraged to bring a family member/significant
other with them.
DESMOND explores strong philosophical beliefs. It is delivered
interactively with a non-didactic style. It focuses on
behavioural changes using activities around lifestyle changes
i.e. food and physical activities
DESMOND programme is provided throughout Bedfordshire
Like DESMOND (see above) this is a 6-hour programme delivered by
two trained facilitators, using specially developed resources.
Is an effective self-management education programme for people
who have had Type 2 Diabetes for more than 1 year.
Living with Diabetes In Urdu & Living with Diabetes in Bengali
This is a 2 hour diabetes education programme developed in-house
on the DESMOND principals. It is delivered by trained Diabetes
Support Workers who speak Urdu and Bengali, with support from a
Diabetes Specialist Nurse.
After attending a Living with Diabetes session participants are
invited to come to a 1.5 hour session one month later. This
session focuses on healthy eating with diabetes and is
supported by a Dietitian.
Is a 3½ hour group education programme suitable for people with
type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Usually for individuals treated with
GLP1, insulin or on maximum oral medication. The session aims
to give greater understanding about how different types and
quantities of carbohydrates effect blood glucose levels and how
different food choices can improve diabetes control.
ESTA - Eat Smart Think Active
(North & Central Beds )
ESTA stands for Eat
Smart Think Active. It is a weight management programme designed
for people with type 2 diabetes. ESTA helps participants to
manage their weight while keeping control of their diabetes
through fun and interactive activities.
2 hour interactive
session designed as a post DESMOND program where the
relationship between lifestyle, nutrition and medications in the
treatment of diabetes is explored. Other health professionals
are welcomed as observers with a view to building on their
diabetes knowledge or in support of their patients.
Diabetes Specialist Dietitian / Nurse
Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating
It is a way of
managing Type 1 diabetes for adults and provides the skills
necessary to estimate the carbohydrate in each meal and to
inject the right dose of insulin.
DAFNE involves attending a 5-day training course plus a
follow-up session around 8 weeks after the course. The
structured teaching programme is delivered to groups of 6-8
participants under the supervision of DAFNE-trained Educators.
The DAFNE course is about learning from experience. Most of the
training is built around group work, sharing and comparing
experiences with other participants. However, there are
opportunities for each person to speak to DAFNE Educators
DAFNE allows people to fit diabetes into their lifestyle, rather
than changing their lifestyle to fit in with their diabetes
The five day course
currently runs on a bi monthly basis, to access this course
patients need to be referred to the Diabetes Centre it is
recommended that once DAFNE trained the patient remains under
the care of the Hospital Diabetes Service
LIFE - Luton Insulin and Food Education
structured education programme for
patients with Type 1 Diabetes on basal bolus analogue insulins,
based on the principles akin to DAFNE.
It is suitable for
those diagnosed for at
least 6 months and are on basal bolus analogues for at least 3
Runs over 5 weeks as
4 full days
Participants learn how to judge
food and insulin doses whatever their situation – self
adjustment of insulin’s around carbohydrate intake, exercise and
Luton Insulin and Food Education
Young version of
LIFE but reduced into 1 day geared to the teenage years
B2B - Back to Basics
Type 1 Diabetes on
any insulin regime
lasting 2 hrs
Update on management
of medical emergencies: Hypos, illness – ketone testing, food
intake and insulin titration
Patient can book
directly at reception.
ABC - All About Basal-Bolus & Carbohydrate
Counting (L&D Hospital)
For both Type 1 and
Type 2 Diabetes on analogue Basal Bolus insulin regime for at
least 3 months.
lasting 3 hrs
Practical session on
how to count carbohydrates and adjust insulin doses
Need to be followed
by further sessions with DSN/dietitian or LIFE if Type 1
DINE - Diet & Insulin New
Education (L&D Hospital)
This group session
is offered to those within one year of diagnosis of confirmed
Type I diabetes. It is a 3 hour multi-disciplinary session.
Family members are welcome.