DAFNE is a way of managing Type 1 diabetes and provides people with the skills necessary to estimate the carbohydrate in each meal and to inject the right dose of insulin.

This site contains up-to-date information on DAFNE for both people living with Type 1 diabetes, healthcare professionals and commissioners.  If you are commissioning diabetes services this brief commissioning guide may be useful click here


DAFNE graduate Lauren Proctor





Lauren Proctor is a young woman living with type 1 diabetes and has attended a DAFNE course. In January 2015 Lauren addressed a meeting to mark the launch of the Diabetes UK State of the Nation report, challenges for 2015 and beyond. Her speech highlighting variation in diabetes care  and the benefits of structured education. Lauren has kindly agreed to  share her speech, click on the link to view the transcript.


Our vision is to improve outcomes for people with Type 1 diabetes through high quality structured education which is embedded in the Health Service.

We will use the DAFNE programme, including the DAFNE educator programme (DEP), DAFNE doctor programme (DDP), peer review, internal quality assurance (IQA) and audit as a framework in which to develop this patient centered model of care.

We will continue to improve and develop DAFNE through research and development (R&D) and collaboration with other groups, to understand the determinants of success.

The updated NICE Quality standard for adults with diabetes was published on 18 August 2016.  The standard is aimed at commissioners and sets out a concise set of prioritised statements designed to drive measurable improvements in the quality of diabetes care.  The DAFNE programme has officially supported the new standard.

Once again the quality standard emphasises the need for high quality structured education as a fundamental part of diabetes care. You can view a copy of this standard by following this link:


Last Updated: 11/10/2016


Vital Statistics

5,815 DAFNE courses have been delivered.
Resulting in 39,793 DAFNE Graduates.
Number of DAFNE courses planned for November 2016: 56

Last Updated: 14/10/2016