X-PERT Insulin is suitable for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes on any insulin regimen.
DAFNE is usually more suitable for people with type 1 diabetes who are on multiple daily injections.
X-PERT Insulin is held for 2.5 hours each week for six weeks. The course is run by a diabetes nurse and diabetes dietitian who have undergone additional training to run the programme.
Summary of the programme
You will learn about the up-to-date treatments and management of diabetes in an interactive, informative group environment.
Week 1: Diabetes, insulin and healthy living
What is diabetes, the role of insulin and the diabetes health profile, healthy living: eatwell plate and physical activity, what I am eating
Week 2: All about insulin
Insulin-specific challenges with self-managing diabetes, hypoglycaemia / hyperglycaemia – Ketoacidosis (DKA) & HONK, exploring insulin – onset, peak and duration, regimens and devices, my insulin injection technique
Week 3: Know your carbs
Identification of carbohydrate foods and drinks, carbohydrate counting – estimation, calculation and reading food labels, self-monitoring blood glucose, meters, frequency of testing technique and safe sharps disposal, My “what should I do?” scenarios
Week 4: Inspiration for insulin
Troubleshooting: strategies to take control, “Inspiration”: a game for insulin X-PERTs covering everyday scenarios, what troubleshooters may work for me? MATCH IT challenges
Week 5: MATCH IT – taking control
MATCH IT: My diary, my diabetes – A day in the life of..., a chance to learn and share, apply troubleshooters to MATCH IT challenges
Week 6: Are you an insulin X-PERT?
Game: MATCH IT 24/7 to challenge real “living with diabetes on insulin” situations, What did I learn from troubleshooting the MATCH IT challenges, The way forward
Can my friend or partner attend with me?
X-PERT Insulin may be more suitable for you if you wish to bring a friend or partner.
You are welcome to bring a friend or partner with you to any of the sessions. It is useful to let the course organisers know as some venues have restrictions on group size. Group sizes vary but you can expect to be in a group with approximately 10 - 12 participants.