Diabetes education courses

Diabetes Education

What is this service?

Bristol Community Health runs a range of free diabetes education courses for people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes across the Bristol area.  Our aim is to provide information and guidance to enable people to self-manage their condition and live the life they want to lead.

As well as attending a course, you can also visit our self-management page for people with diabetes. On this page you can access free online videos to support you to manage your condition. The videos are available in a wide range of community languages

Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes and You – Type 1 Diabetes

This rolling programme of sessions is aimed at anyone with type 1 diabetes, regardless of duration, who wishes to meet other people with Type 1 Diabetes.   There are currently two sessions in the programme but attendees can choose to attend both or one of the sessions.

Sessions are:

Carbohydrate awareness/refresher – a 3hr session for people who wish to learn more about the role of carbohydrate and insulin in managing their diabetes, or for those that have completed a carbohydrate programme and wish a refresher session on the subject.  There will be opportunity to ask questions from a Diabetes Specialist Nurse and Diabetes Dietitian.

Living Well with Type 1 Diabetes – a 3hr session with topics including:

  • Managing type 1 diabetes everyday
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Managing diabetes during illness
  • Driving and diabetes
  • Exercise and diabetes

Food Freedom

Based on the national BERTIE course, this three day education course will teach you how to adjust your insulin dose according to your food intake (akin to the national DAFNE course). Run one day a week for three weeks by a dietitian and diabetes specialist nurse, the course will provide accurate information about diabetes to help you self-manage your condition. The course will  enable opportunities to talk to and learn from other people with Type 1 Diabetes.  There is an expectation of attending all three days of a course.

Type 2 Diabetes

Eatwell with type 2 diabetes

This 2hr session in a small group with a dietitian for anyone newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes offers practical advice and support to make decisions on potential changes to lifestyle and diet to improve self-management of diabetes control.

Living with Diabetes

This session run over ½ a day is for people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within the last 18 months.  The session explores how type 2 diabetes affects your body and how lifestyle changes can help you manage your diabetes.

Topics covered in the session include:

  • What is diabetes and how it could affect you
  • What kind of care you should expect and how to ask for it
  • How to manage your diabetes
  • Living life with type 2 diabetes
  • Local support and information
  • Dispelling myths and more
  • Opportunity to ask questions

Diabetes and You – Type 2 Diabetes

This rolling programme of sessions is aimed at anyone with type 2 diabetes regardless of duration who wishes to meet other people with type 2 diabetes.   There are three sessions in the programme but attendees can choose to attend any number of the sessions.

Sessions include:

Understanding Insulin – This 4hr session is for people with type 2 diabetes that have started on Insulin, with topics including:

  • How to manage your diabetes on a daily basis
  • Understanding blood glucose levels
  • Making healthy lifestyle choices with your insulin
  • Blood tests and understanding results
  • Living life with type 2 diabetes
  • Driving, travel and illness
  • Local support information
  • Dispelling myths and more
  • Opportunity to ask questions

 

Living well with Type 2 Diabetes – this 3hr session includes topics such as:

  • Managing type 2 diabetes everyday
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Managing diabetes during illness
  • Making positive changes to your lifestyle
  • Medications used to support management of type 2 diabetes

Mood and Food – This 3hr session is for those people with type 2 diabetes who may use food as a way of coping with emotions and who would like to look to change this. There are many reasons why people emotionally eat and during the session we aim to start to explore why food may be used in this way. Other topics covered may include:

  • Identifying triggers for eating and better understanding your response to these triggers
  • Understanding and managing hunger and satiety
  • What influences your food choices and portion sizes
  • Introduction to eating mindfully
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