Structured group education for people with new onset Type 2 diabetes


Structured education in diabetes has been delivered for more than thirty years in Dorset in collaboration between three local NHS Trusts: Dorset Healthcare University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The programme serves 66 GP surgeries across nine Dorset localities. It is delivered as part of the patients' treatment pathway, blending with care from their GP, rather than a stand-alone education programme. After patients are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in primary care, they are then offered open access to the programme at the venue of their choice. Each of the three sessions takes two hours and is run by a secondary care diabetes specialist nurse and dietitian.


Maintaining good diabetes management is essential to reduce the risk of life-changing complications. Poor control is associated with complications leading to disability, premature mortality and signifi cant fi nancial costs.


To empower people who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and their family members/carers, to take active responsibility for the day to day control of the condition. To achieve desirable diabetes control (measured as HbA1c) and adjust medications if appropriate. To alert patients about their blood cholesterol levels in relation to targets.

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QiC Diabetes Commended 2016
Empowering People with Diabetes – Adults
Structured group education for people with new onset Type 2 diabetes
by Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust


Anita Bowes

Job title:
Intermediate Diabetes Specialist Dietitian
Place of work:
Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
077 536 836 56


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