Education Programmes

Living with diabetes becomes a lifelong learning process. NHS guidelines now recommend that people with diabetes (type 1 or 2) be offered patient education programmes, officially known as ‘structured education’.

Managing diabetes can be demanding, often requiring you to make lots of lifestyle changes. The structured education programmes can help to provide you with the right information and skills to manage your diabetes.

In the Western Trust there are two main patient education programmes:

Type 1 Diabetes: CHOICE
(Carbohydrate and Insulin Counting Education)
4 Sessions: 1 Day per week for 3 weeks and review session after 1 month
Input from DSNs, Dietitians and members of the MDT.

Topics Covered:

  • What is Diabetes?
  • Management of hypos and hyperglycaemia
  • Role and use of Insulin and dose adjustment
  • Carbohydrate Counting
  • Exercise, Eating Out, Alcohol and Travel

Venues: Londonderry, Limavady, Omagh and Enniskillen
Dates: Programmes are held during the year at various locations.

Type 2 Diabetes: DESMOND : www.desmond-project.org.uk
(Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed)
Sessions: One day / Two Half Day Sessions.
Led by a diabetes specialist nurse and a diabetes specialist dietitian.The atmosphere at the sessions are informal and friendly. The courses are held for groups of people (approximately 10 per group).

Topics Covered:

  • What is Diabetes?
  • Caring for your diabetes
  • Healthy Eating – food choices
  • Health risks linked with diabetes
  • Action planning for the future

Venues: Limavady, Strabane, Londonderry, Omagh and Enniskillen
Dates: Programmes are held during the year at various locations.

If you would like to attend either of these programmes or for more details talk to your Healthcare Team or contact the Diabetes Network Office (ext. 213464/213463).

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