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Diabetes Patient Education

Education on how to manage diabetes is an essential part of diabetes for all patients.  In NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde we provide a range of courses to give our patients and their carers the knowledge and skills they need to self manage their condition effectively and safely.

Type 1 Diabetes

For persons with Type 1 diabetes we offer structured education courses at various diabetes centres across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The courses we offer are:

DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating)

The DAFNE programme for adults with Type 1 Diabetes covers insulin adjustment for food, exercise, illness, eating out and alcohol, and explains diabetes complications and treatment. This programme is delivered at over 130 localities across the UK and in many other countries.

Scientific evidence shows that DAFNE training improves blood sugar control and reduces complications such as hypoglycaemia.

A DAFNE course lasts for 5 days, usually Monday to Friday, but sometimes courses can be delivered 1 day per week over 5 weeks.

If you would like to read more about the DAFNE programme you can do so on the website at:


DICE (Diabetes, Insulin and Carbohydrate Education)

The DICE programme for adults with Type 1 Diabetes has been developed at Gartnavel General Hospital. It covers insulin adjustment skills and is aimed at patients on multiple daily insulin injections.

A DICE course is delivered over two days – Friday and the following Monday. Participants are expected to use the weekend to practice and apply the learning from the first day of the DICE course.

If you wish to attend a DAFNE or DICE course, or would like to discuss your options for patient education in more detail, please speak to your Consultant or Diabetes Specialist Nurse.

Type 2 Diabetes

Education for people who are newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is available throughout NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in the form of Diabetes Conversation Maps sessions. These are interactive facilitated group sessions for patients who have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. There are 4 sessions in total looking at issues around living with diabetes, diet and lifestyle, management of diabetes and insulin. Each session last approximately 90 minutes.

If you wish to attend Conversation Map sessions please speak to your GP or Practice Nurse who will be able to refer you.