1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2019 »
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Poll: Which diabetes course(s) have you attended?

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Administrator, Jan 19, 2015.

?

Which of the following structured diabetes education courses have you attended?

  1. DAFNE

    114 vote(s)
    19.2%
  2. DESMOND

    114 vote(s)
    19.2%
  3. X-PERT

    66 vote(s)
    11.1%
  4. ASPIRE

    3 vote(s)
    0.5%
  5. Freedom4Life

    2 vote(s)
    0.3%
  6. Other (Please state in a post)

    61 vote(s)
    10.3%
  7. Never attended one

    261 vote(s)
    43.9%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Mick1959

    Mick1959 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    152
    Likes Received:
    725
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I did the Desmond course for type 2, recently, and while the information on diabetes and how affects body was useful to us newly diagnosed, the rest seemed to be a tick box presentation.

    The course was delivered at a fast pace, and little attention was paid to questions asked, with only those that seemed to meet the 'expected questions' being answered, anything else received a standard response of 'we will cover that later' and added to a flip chart or, 'we are just the sign posts for you to find that out yourselves', or annoyingly, pretending they had not heard a question in favour of an easier one asked earlier.

    This was especially so when questions were raised bout diets (LCHF), food groups, their effects, spikes etc.

    Eventually, the group stopped asking questions, Common consensus among the group afterwards was that the facilitators rarely get a group prepared to question just why x was better than y, and wanting to look at heathy diets as a whole, and balance between food groups, not just good food / bad food in isolation.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. darshkin

    darshkin Type 2 · Newbie

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Hello

    I want a free tool because sometimes what we need that is not in that programme, so first I want a free tool once I'm satisfied with that programme I will do payment
     
  3. DJC3

    DJC3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,959
    Likes Received:
    13,734
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Couldn’t agree more. This was exactly my experience with DESMOND. Their stock reply for ‘difficult’ questions was ‘Can we park that for now’ an annoying response in any context.
    My questions on lchf were politely ignored.
     
    • Winner Winner x 1
    • Useful Useful x 1
  4. AlisonKC

    AlisonKC Type 2 · Newbie

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    23
    I have received an invitation to attend 2, 3hr sessions of a 'Diabetes Patient Education Programme' by Warrington & Halton NHS Trust, held on Friday mornings.
    I was diagnosed with T2D in January with a HBAlC of 58 and straightaway prescribed 500mg Metformin and a statin. I was quickly referred to the foot clinic and for an eye check-up, which both rated as 'low risk'. I have been following the LCHF diet now for the past 2 1/2 months, I've just been re-tested and levels have dropped to HBA1C of 45 and am now 1 stone lighter with greatly reduced cholesterol . I am a bit dubious about attending this training as it involves taking time off work (I am freelance and won't get paid for 6 hours work). I don't want to find LCHF being rejected and wasting my time having the standard diet information thrust at me because I already know through testing that bread and other high GI carb foods really spike my levels. Is there much point in going?
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. Olufisayo

    Olufisayo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    138
    Trophy Points:
    83
  6. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

    Messages:
    13,209
    Likes Received:
    12,463
    Trophy Points:
    298
  7. 0firefly1

    0firefly1 Type 2 · Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    23
    Just to let you know that in LincoIn you get to go on a spotlight on diabetes course you go on two afternoons for a two hour session in a group with a nurse from the community diabetes nursing service, it is basic but it is all there. They are more origntated to diabetes.org
    Still push 5 fruit and veg a day not a lchf friendly course looking back at it
    Chris
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. 8bitkitty

    8bitkitty Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    23
    Diagnosed type 1 Feb 2012, will finally be doing the DAFNE course in a couple of weeks time. Really excited!
     
    • Like Like x 2
  9. kitsunerin

    kitsunerin Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    83
    Likes Received:
    48
    Trophy Points:
    58
    Just finishing DAFNE tomorrow! :D
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. Hansi

    Hansi Type 2 · Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    15
    Trophy Points:
    23
    Xpert course attended. Very useful
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. dbr10

    dbr10 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,274
    Likes Received:
    1,201
    Trophy Points:
    198
    What did you find useful about it?
     
  12. badwolfreturns

    badwolfreturns Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    127
    Likes Received:
    207
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Doing the xpert course now ,finding it very useful,on week 3
     
    • Like Like x 1
  13. Applenerd81

    Applenerd81 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    205
    Likes Received:
    133
    Trophy Points:
    83
    I have attended a Freestyle Libre Users course - which is a pre-requisite for being offered the Libre system on the NHS here in Newcastle...
     
    • Like Like x 3
  14. Dixon1995

    Dixon1995 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    289
    Likes Received:
    304
    Trophy Points:
    83
    DAFNE course greatly reduced my blood sugars and introduced me the world of carb counting, 3 years after diagnosis, never heard of it before that just used to guess.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. Viking01

    Viking01 Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    63
    I have on DAFNE course after a considerable time trying to do it alone. The course allowed me to stabilise my levels and cut down on the amount of insulin used. Now have got to really crack the diet side.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  16. MisterMints

    MisterMints Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    47
    Likes Received:
    14
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Has anyone been on the TIDE course (Type 1 Intensive Diabetes Education) offered by Trafford CCG? Its a 3-4 day course split over 3 weeks but there doesn't seem to be much information available on it that I can find.

    I'm booked on one at the end of Nov/start of Dec but I'm not really sure what to expect. The DSN and Consultant have sold it to me as an alternative to DAFNE which doesn't mean I have to take a full week off work.

    I'm hoping it'll help me work out my insulin to carb ratio and how long my NovoRapid stays active in my system - I'm having real problems getting these right!
     
  17. dancer

    dancer Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,211
    Likes Received:
    1,206
    Trophy Points:
    198
    I can't comment on the TIDE course, but can say that any DAFNE-like course is better than none. (My own hospital's course lasted 2 days and was very useful.)

    As for working out your carb ratios, I thought I'd check that you have a half unit pen, as this can make a big difference.
     
  18. MisterMints

    MisterMints Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    47
    Likes Received:
    14
    Trophy Points:
    48
    I currently don't have a half unit pen, but won an eBay auction today for a brand new NovoPen Echo (I currently use the NovoPen 5). This will all help me hopefully get the carb absorption rate, insulin lasting time and insulin:carb ration set up right in xDrip to manage my T1. And if TIDE/DAFNE-lite can help further, then great!!
     
  19. dancer

    dancer Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,211
    Likes Received:
    1,206
    Trophy Points:
    198
    You can get the Novopen Echo on prescription.
     
  20. MisterMints

    MisterMints Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    47
    Likes Received:
    14
    Trophy Points:
    48
    I know, but my doctor is a bit funny about prescribing new kit when I have a perfectly functional and fairly new NovoPen 5. Plus, it was only £20 so not breaking the bank and saves the NHS a bit of cash.
     
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook