High quality structured education to enable self-management is the corner stone, and a requirement1, 2 of diabetes care.

NICE Technical Appraisal 60 - Guidance on the use of patient education models for diabetes;3 recommends that "structured education is made available to all people with diabetes at the time of initial diagnosis and then as required on an on-going basis, based on formal, regular assessment of need".

DAFNE was uniquely mentioned in the NICE guidance as an example of high quality structured education.

In 2004 a working party was set up to support the development of structured education to meet NICE Guidance and NSF delivery strategy. The group recognised the need for quality standards for education programmes and they set out to develop key criteria setting out the characteristics of a high quality structured education programme that would fulfil NICE requirements.

The working group report4 sets out these key criteria and also cites DAFNE as an example of a programme for Type 1 diabetes that meets these criteria.

Following on from the report the working party developed a toolkit designed for diabetes services and providers to perform a gaps analysis on structured education programmes delivered in their area against the key criteria.

Download - Report from the Patient Education Working Group

Download - Patient Education tools

  1. Department of Health. National Service Framework for Diabetes: Standards: 2002
  2. Department of Health. National Service Framework for Diabetes: Delivery Strategy: 2003
  3. National Institute for Clinical Excellence. Technology Appraisal Guidance 60. Guidance on the use of patient education models for diabetes. April 2003
  4. Department of Health. Structured patient education working group: Report from the Patient Education Working Group: 2005

Last Updated: 14/05/2010