Patient education

Courses for patients

North East Essex Diabetes Service offers Type 1 and Type 2 education courses such as DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating) and DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) in a variety of community settings and times and options to complete courses online. 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
Carbohydrate Groups

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.

Diabetes UK has more information around education and some of their own options for online learning also

You can book a course directly with us, please call 0345 241 3313 option 2.

Patient stories:

For more information on support and available courses, download our patient education leaflet or email

Healthy Living is a free, online NHS programme that supports people to live well with type 2 diabetes. It includes information and advice about eating well, becoming more active, how to look after your body and mental health, other NHS services and support, and general advice about topics that come up when living with diabetes such as travelling, driving, and working. There is no limit to accessing the programme, so you can learn at your own pace – e.g. just spend 15 minutes a day, a few times a week.

People who have done the programme have said that “…it contains a lot of useful hints & tips” ; “it is very easy to use and informative…” ; “…I feel able to make more informed decisions in managing my condition”.

Register for free at Health Living

My Type 1 Diabetes is a free platform where you can learn more about living with type 1 diabetes and empowers you to self-manage your diabetes. When you register for free, you will have access to accredited online courses with topics including carbohydrate counting, physical activity, insulin pumps, and understanding / living with type 1 diabetes. The website is inclusive and has multi-language content, as well as giving you access to plenty of resources and tools to support you.

Register for free mytype1


How we’re helping in the community

Community clinics

Our community clinics, led by consultants, take place regularly in Clacton, Colchester and Harwich.

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Support groups and forums

Our friendly forums are a great place to meet other diabetes patients, careers and healthcare professionals.

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Inpatient care

Our dedicated inpatient diabetes team is based at Colchester General Hospital.

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