Patient Education

Education for people with diabetes is presented by both type of diabetes as well as the level of education.

Type 1 diabetes is when there is a severe lack of insulin in the body. Most, or all, of the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin have been destroyed. People diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are usually children or young people, under the age of 40 years and need to inject insulin from the time of diagnosis.

Type 2 diabetes develops due to two reasons. First the body still produces some insulin, although not enough for its needs, or second, the insulin that the body produces does not work properly. Type 2 diabetes usually appears in people over the age of 40 and its diagnosis is closely linked to obesity, getting older and taking less activity.

There are three levels of education. Patient education is an ongoing process and may be referred to as following a spiral curriculum.

Level 1 refers to education that is given at diagnosis of diabetes.
Level 2 refers to education that is ongoing, throughout your life and normally relates to specific aspects.
Level 3 refers to education that is delivered to a group of people.

These are further expanded in the three documents: Assessment of Patient Education in Diabetes in Scotland, Reviewers’ Handbook and Celebrating Diabetes Education in Scotland.

Navigate the links at the side of the page to direct you to appropriate educational programmes for you. Those programmes that meet the essential criteria of structured patient education have an * beside the programme title.

Health Boards have developed their own education programmes that they can submit to the Diabetes Education Advisory Group for review as meeting the criteria for structured patient education. Programmes that have been reviewed and meet the criteria are identified on the relevant pages.

National resources are available to support people with diabetes:

Anyone caring for children and young people, including teachers, other school staff and day care staff in charge of children have a common law duty of care to act like any reasonably prudent parent. Staff need to make sure that children and young people are healthy and safe. It is for local authorities, schools and governing bodies, settings and management groups to work out their own policies in the light of statutory responsibilities and their own assessment of local needs and resources. Supporting Children and Young People with Type 1 Diabetes in Education will act as a guide as to what these policies should contain.

Self management is essential for people with diabetes. The Health and Social Care Alliance provides tools for people in self management.

People with diabetes can log into their own diabetes information through My Diabetes My Way

NHS Inform is Scotland’s national health information service that provides some information on diabetes.

Nutrition and Diet Resources (NDR-UK) provide dietary information on the management and treatment of diabetes for all age groups and the South Asian population.

NHS Scotland’s interactive diabetes website helps support people who have diabetes, their family and friends. There are leaflets, videos, educational tools and games containing information about diabetes. If you have diabetes, you can register and view your own up-to-date diabetes clinic results.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has many resources for children and young people living with diabetes.

Diabetes UK is the leading diabetes charity. The website hosts many resources for people with diabetes and professionals working in diabetes.

The Diabetes in Healthcare Training Course website is for both healthcare professionals who wish to know more about diabetes but who are not diabetes specialists and people with type 2 diabetes. For nurses, it has been credited by the Royal College of Nursing.

ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland) is a search and collaboration tool for Health and Wellbeing resources in Scotland. It helps signpost people to useful community support, and with an ALISS account you can contribute the many and varied resources that our local communities have to offer.

Culturally specific resources

The Knowledge Network hosts language specific resources provided by the voluntary sector to support staff educating people about their diabetes

Scottish Diabetes Research Network

People who wish to participate in research in diabetes can register their interest to be involved. Once you are registered on the diabetes register, individual researchers will approach you directly to ask for your consent for specific studies. You can withdraw your consent at any time.

Patient to patient

Peer support is essential for self-management. This section will signpost you to resources developed by people with diabetes for people with diabetes.

Our Diabetes is a community led, community focused platform that enables people with diabetes to be empowered, educated and supported in their condition.

Generic Courses

The Women with Diabetes website has been developed for professionals working with women with diabetes.

The Change4life provides suggestions about making positive changes to childrens' diets to promote healthier eating.

Type 2 Diabetes and Me This course will help you understand and start managing your condition. From diet to treatments and where to get support, you’ll find all the information you need.