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Diabetes education and self-management

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.


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

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.

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)


This quick guide details eight steps commissioners can take to improve the provision and uptake of diabetes self-management education.

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



This short guide includes everything your patients need to know about diabetes education and tips to improve attendance.

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



This short guide brings together essential information for commissioning high quality structured education for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

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

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.

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



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.

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



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.

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