: Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed is a structured education programme for people who have newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the last year. The programme is 6 hours long and is divided into two sessions. DESMOND promotes self–management and empowerment by allowing people with diabetes to address the issues relevant to them.
DAFNE: Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating is a way of managing Type 1 diabetes and provides people with the skills necessary to estimate the carbohydrate in each meal and to inject the right dose of insulin.
It is a five day structured programme with a follow up session a few weeks later. It covers topics such as carbohydrate estimation, blood glucose monitoring, insulin regimens, hypos, illness and exercise. Most of the training is built around group work, sharing and comparing experiences with other people with Type 1 diabetes. However, there are opportunities for each person to speak to a doctor, nurse or dietitian individually.
DAFNE allows people to fit diabetes into their lifestyle, rather than changing their lifestyle to fit in with their diabetes. The aim is to help people to lead as normal a life as possible but reducing the risk of long-term complications related to diabetes.
How to attend the DESMOND or DAFNE programmes: Ask your GP or Practice Nurse if you are a suitable candidate to attend the DESMOND or DAFNE programmes.