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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.

Publications

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

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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.

 

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

Essential reading

Shared practice examples

Resources

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