‘The diabetic who knows the most lives the longest’. Elliott Proctor Joslin, the first doctor in the United States to specialize in diabetes and was the founder of today’s Joslin Diabetes Center.

Structured Type 1 Diabetes Education in Ireland has limited availability and usually involves long waiting lists. However, it is worth pursuing because diabetes education courses make living with diabetes easier. Whether you have Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes, it can feel like there is a lot to learn and diabetes education provides a good foundation.

“People who have been on a course feel more confident about looking after their condition and are less likely to suffer complications.” In fact, attending a course is one of the 15 Healthcare Essentials, the essential health checks and services that everyone with diabetes should be getting from their healthcare team every year." from Diabetes UK

Afterall, you would never, NEVER, get behind the steering wheel of a car to drive without having someone teach you how to drive first! Then why do we expect people with diabetes to learn about nutrition, medication, fitness, physiology etc, without giving them diabetes education!!!


Type 1 Diabetes Education AVAILABLE in Ireland and where.


BERGER (Accu-Chek Education Programme)

The ‘Berger Programme’ has been successfully used for the past 35 years in Germany to teach patients with diabetes self-management skills. This education programme developed by eminent endocrinologist Prof. Michael Berger was the first of its kind to recognise the value of teaching patients how to adjust insulin to match their daily food intake.

With support of the German group, Roche Diagnostics developed the Accu-Chek branded English templates of the Berger programme: Accu-Chek Education Programme Intensive Insulin Therapy. It is a 3-day Type 1 Diabetes Education Programme to teach individuals the required tools for improved self management with the primary focus on insulin adjustment and carbohydrate counting.

BERGER (Accu-Chek Education Programme) is available in;

  • Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

  • St. James's Hospital Dublin Dublin

  • Tallaght Hospital (AMNCH) Dublin

  • Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, Dublin

  • Sligo General Hospital

  • Cork University Hospital

  • Cork South Infirmary Hospital

  • Naas General Hospital, Co. Kildare

  • Letterkenny General Hospital, Co. Donegal

  • Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise, Co. Laois

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, Co. Louth

DAFNE (Dosage Adjustment For Normal Eating)

The DAFNE course originated in Germany in the 1980’s as the Düsseldorf Approach. It was designed by the diabetes team at the Diabetes Centre in Düsseldorf, led by Michael Berger. People learned to match their insulin dose to their food on a meal-by-meal basis. The aim is that they can keep healthy blood glucose control without a higher risk of severe hypoglycaemia. In 1998, a team from the UK adapted the Düsseldorf Approach creating the Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating (DAFNE).

DAFNE is available in;

  • Endocrine Unit, St Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown, Dublin

  • St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin

  • University College Hospital, Galway

  • Beaumont Hospital, Dublin

  • St Luke's Kilkenny

  • Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

  • Cavan General Hospital, Co. Cavan

  • Wexford General Hospital



CHOICE (carbohydrate and insulin collaborative education) PROGRAMME

Originally developed by Dr David Chaney, in the University of Ulster, specifically for children and young people with diabetes, this programme was rolled out across shortly after 2010.

The CHOICE programme is helping families and children to manage their diabetes more effectively. Children and young people attend the CHOICE programme over a four week period, with each session lasting three hours. The aim of the programme is to give children, young people and their families or carers, the skills and knowledge they need to manage their diabetes and to reduce the impact of the condition on daily activities and lifestyle.

CHOICE is available in the main paediatric diabetes centres:

  • Tallaght Hospital, Dublin

  • Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin

  • Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin

  • Cork University Hospital, Cork

  • Limerick University Hospital,Limerick (shared service with University Hospital Galway)

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Louth

  • Sligo Regional Hospital, Sligo


Type 2 Diabetes Education AVAILABLE in Ireland and where.

CODE Community Oriented Diabetes Education

CODE is a type 2 diabetes course provided by Diabetes Ireland in most local communities. The waiting lists tend to be short - ish and you can sign up yourself by contacting Diabetes Ireland by telephone: 01 842 8118 or email info@diabetes.ie

There are also other type 2 diabetes education courses provided in various areas by the HSE called DESMOND and X-PERT. To find out more about these courses contact your local GP or diabetes nurse specialist.

Find out more about diabetes education here; http://www.inputdiabetes.org.uk/education/