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Diabetes education and self-management

Use the following resources and tools to improve diabetes education and self-management for people with diabetes.

On average, people with diabetes spend three hours a year with a healthcare professional. For the remaining 8,757 hours they manage their diabetes themselves. Diabetes self-management education helps people to stay healthy, live well and avoid expensive and life threatening complications.


Driving improvement in the uptake of diabetes education: Best practice modelling in Kent and Medway STP (PDF, 173KB)

Developing a menu of education options for people with Type 2 diabetes in Worcestershire, Diabetes UK (February 2016) (PDF, 151KB



This bright idea describes how South Worcestershire, Wyre Forest and Redditch and Bromsgrove CCGs worked together to develop a menu of education options for people with Type 2 diabetes. The menu includes First Steps, X-PERT and Mapmydiabetes - an innovative online self-management programme.



Achieving a step change in diabetes self-management education: a quick guide, Diabetes UK, (May 2016) (PDF, 58KB)


Diabetes self-management education: a healthcare professional resource, Diabetes UK (November 2015) (PDF, 66KB)


Quality diabetes education for all: a short guide for commissioners, Diabetes UK (November 2015) (PDF, 247KB)


Diabetes education: the big missed opportunity in diabetes care, Diabetes UK (June 2015) (PDF, 239KB)


Developing a diabetes education programme to meet local needs in Tower Hamlets, Diabetes UK (June 2015) (PDF, 163KB)


A quality assured local education course in East Sussex, Diabetes UK (June 2015) (PDF, 187KB)



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