DESMOND, DAFNE and BERTIE’ courses
Below you will find information about the DESMOND, DAFNE and BERTIE programmes for people with diabetes. If you think you are a suitable candidate to attend please speak to your GP or Practice Nurse.
DESMOND (diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) is a structured education programme for patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes or those who have been diagnosed in the last year.
DESMOND is evidence based, undertaken in a group and provides 6 hours of education divided into two sessions. DESMOND promotes self–management and empowerment by allowing people with diabetes to address the issues relevant to them.
Patients can access DESMOND education at 3 sites in Wandsworth; Queen Mary’s Hospital, St John’s Health Centre and Tooting Health Centre.
For more information please see DESMOND-project.org.uk
DAFNE and BERTIE
DAFNE (The Dose-Adjustment for Normal Eating) and BERTIE (Bournemouth Type 1 Intensive Education) are for people with Type 1 diabetes. DAFNE and BERTIE are ways of managing Type 1 diabetes and provide people with the skills necessary to estimate the carbohydrate in each meal and to inject the right dose of insulin.
DAFNE is a 5-day training course with a follow-up session around 8 weeks later. The structured teaching programme covers topics including carbohydrate estimation, blood glucose monitoring, insulin regimens, hypos, illness and exercise.
The DAFNE course is about learning from experience. During the week the patient practices the skills of carbohydrate estimation and insulin adjustment under the supervision of DAFNE-trained nurses and dieticians. There are opportunities for each person to speak to a doctor, nurse or dietician individually. DAFNE allows people to fit diabetes into their lifestyle, rather than changing their lifestyle to fit in with their diabetes.
For more information please see DAFNE.uk.com
BERTIE is a four day course run at Queen Mary's Hospital. The programme uses a multi-disciplinary team and takes a proactive approach in enabling people to self-manage their diabetes and maintain better control, which may in turn lead to fewer long term complications.
Ask your GP of Practice Nurse if you are a suitable candidate to attend the DESMOND, DAFNE or BERTIE programmes
DESMOND and DAFNE are evidence based national programmes and are peer reviewed, quality assured and audited nationally to develop a patient centred model of care. For people with diabetes who are not eligible for DESMOND, DAFNE or BERTIE please refer to your local diabetes unit for one to one education.