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.
Use the following resources and tools to improve diabetes education and self-management for people with diabetes.
At the end of 2017, the Consultancy team at Diabetes UK worked with Kent and Medway STP to create a programme to learn more about the approaches and processes used in some practices to achieve higher than average results in the referral, attendance and completion rates of diabetes patient education programmes. This document was the result of the Consultancy team’s discussions with the practices in Kent and Medway STP that were having better success in motivating people to attend diabetes education.
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.
This quick guide details eight steps commissioners can take to improve the provision and uptake of diabetes self-management education.
This short guide includes everything your patients need to know about diabetes education and tips to improve attendance.
This short guide brings together essential information for commissioning high quality structured education for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
This report shows how diabetes self-management education can improve health outcomes and has the potential to save the NHS money in the long-term by reducing complications.
This bright idea resource explores how Tower Hamlets CCG has increased uptake of diabetes education, including among ‘hard to reach’ groups, by introducing a simplified menu of education options and using a range of methods to better engage with healthcare professionals and people with diabetes.
This bright idea resource describes how East Sussex NHS Foundation Trust designed a structured education programme for people with Type 1 diabetes that achieved national certification.
Shared practice examples
- HeLP diabetes programme and the randomised control trial and implementation study that will measure the effectiveness and impact of the programme.
Guide to establishing and running volunteer local diabetes champions, peer educators and mentors, Know Diabetes website (September 2012) (PDF)This guide summarises the approach and learning from an 18 month project in Central North West London to support diabetes education and self-management by recruiting volunteer diabetes champions, peer educators and mentors. Explore the volunteer resources developed by the project.