All people with diabetes, either recently diagnosed or those with pre-existing diabetes, should receive the education and support they need to enable them to manage their own diabetes. Education should be structured, ongoing, and consistent, up to date and most importantly person-centered.
The York Diabetes service offers 3 structured education programmes to support the educational needs of people with diabetes.
Good2Go (Type 2 Diabetes Education Programme)
The York Diabetes service offers Good2Go, a structured training programme that fits all the criteria recommended for people with diabetes. The Good2Go education programme is designed to improve knowledge, confidence and skills to manage diabetes day to day.
The programme is for people with type 2 diabetes either recently diagnosed or for those who just want to make sense of all the different advice about diet, medication and healthy living.
The course consists of a full day face to face group session run by a diabetes specialist nurse and a diabetes dietitian, usually at York Community Stadium. There is also an option of two online sessions, each around two hours long or a self directed workbook with a follow up 1-1 telephone consultation.
Referral to the programme is through a GP or practice nurse.
INSULIN SKILLS (Type 2 Diabetes Education Programme)
Insulin skills is a three hour programme designed for people with type 2 diabetes who are treated with insulin therapy. The aim of the course is to increase confidence and skills in adjusting own insulin enabling people to get the most out of their treatment.
It is run and delivered by a diabetes specialist nurse and a diabetes dietitian at the Diabetes Centre in York Hospital.
BITES (Type 1 Diabetes Education Programme)
This is a three day programme specifically designed for people with type 1 diabetes. It has been designed to support decision making about carbohydrate counting and insulin dose adjustment. The aim is to help people towards their personal diabetes related goals so they can lead as normal a life as possible whilst managing blood glucose levels to reduce the risk of long term complications.
The programme is run and delivered by a diabetes specialist nurse and a diabetes dietitian, usually at York Community Stadium. There is also the option of an online course. Referral is via a GP or practice nurse.