Diabetes Patient Education

*** Service Update from NEEDS ***

All diabetes patient education courses are cancelled up until June 2020. However, we have a waiting list for those who would like to book onto a course. We will be in touch with those patients on the waiting list once we are able to start booking courses again.

Both the Tendring and Colchester patient forum groups have also been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Changing Health App

We are now offering the Changing Health app to those living with Type 2 diabetes who would like to get involved in some diabetes education. The Changing Health app provides information about diet, exercise and nutrition as well as providing you with your own lifestyle coach. More information can be found here.

This is remote, no-contact way of learning.



North East Essex Diabetes Service offers Type 1 and Type 2 education courses such as DAFNE and DESMOND in a variety of community settings and times. Courses can be taken when you are diagnosed, or at any time through your diabetes journey. The courses run for different lengths of time and our education secretaries will help ensure the correct course, which meets your own needs, is booked for you. Over 90% of people who attend one of our education courses improve their knowledge on diabetes and enjoy the course. Our courses are fun, informative and current.

Our courses include:

  • Type 2 Patient conference
  • Conversation maps

Patient education is very important to us and there are a variety of ways we can help you develop your knowledge of diabetes to feel empowered and much more in control of your condition. Locally we have developed different types of education to meet our local needs. Evidence shows that giving people high quality education so they know how to self-manage their diabetes, along with personalised care planning with their healthcare professionals, has the most positive impact on their health and wellbeing.

You can book a course through your GP practice or directly with us.

For more information on support and available courses, download our  patient education leaflet HERE or email education@diabetesneeds.org.uk

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