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Diabetes Structured Education

Checked: 23-05-2023 by Vicky Ryan Next Review: 23-05-2024

Diabetes Structured Education

The Sirona Diabetes and Nutrition Service provide a range of free education courses for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, to support patients to learn more about their condition and how to self manage.

Currently the Diabetes Structured Education Programmes for BNSSG are:

  • Living with Diabetes for those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (within the last 18 months) and
  • Food Freedom for patients with type 1 diabetes who want to learn more about carbohydrate counting.

Please see the Sirona website, Diabetes Structured Education for further details.


At diagnosis, all those with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes should be given a copy of the Purple Diabetes Information Pack and referred to the 'Living with Diabetes' group education programme. To order packs please email

Any Healthcare professional can refer, and the service also considers self-referrals for diabetes education programmes. The person you are referring must be informed that their details are being forwarded to the Diabetes & Nutrition team office.

Referrals should be made through managed referrals on EMIS

Referral target:

Sirona – DANS – GP referral 

Clinical Term:

Referral to community diabetes service 


Alternatively, complete a referral form and submit using the referral contact details below. 

Point of contact for all referrals:

Tel: 0300 124 5908


NHSE Digital Diabetes Education

NHSE offer two online structured education programmes for patients:

Both programmes have been nationally approved and are available for free with self-referral.

Efforts are made to ensure the accuracy and agreement of these guidelines, including any content uploaded, referred to or linked to from the system. However, BNSSG ICB cannot guarantee this. This guidance does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer, in accordance with the mental capacity act, and informed by the summary of product characteristics of any drugs they are considering. Practitioners are required to perform their duties in accordance with the law and their regulators and nothing in this guidance should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

Information provided through Remedy is continually updated so please be aware any printed copies may quickly become out of date.