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The LEEDS Programme

Leeds programmeIn Leeds we offer the LEEDS Programme to anyone who has been newly diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes or has had a diagnosis in the past 12 months and is registered with a Leeds GP.

Diabetes is a life-long health condition that occurs when the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body can’t use it properly.
Type 2 Diabetes is a progressive long-term medical condition. Managing Type 2 diabetes involves lifestyle changes, and treatment can be complex. The LEEDS Programme helps to improve your knowledge and skills and also help to motivate you to take control of your condition and self-manage it effectively. We see this as part of your ongoing treatment.

The programme runs for 3 weeks, with a session each week lasting 2 ½ hours, in various venues across the city. It is run by a trained health professional and as well as being informative and educational, it is fun and interactive.



 Week 1 - Explores ‘what is diabetes’, blood results, medications and their action

Week 2 - Healthy lifestyles including diet, exercise and alcohol

QismetWeek 3 - Keeping healthy (preventing complications) with a focus on individual goal setting.

The programme has been designed in line with NICE guidance for structured education, Diabetes UK recommendations and is QISMET approved (a national quality standard).

What can I expect from the Programme?

  • The Programme aims to increase knowledge and self management skills.
  • You will also have the opportunity to explore and address problems that you may have with your diabetes.
  • Courses are running throughout the year all across the city of Leeds.
  • To book your place or find out your nearest venue and forthcoming dates please complete the form opposite or telephone 0113 843 4200 or email longtermconditions@nhs.net to book your place.
  •  It is recommended that you attend all 3 sessions to get the most out of the programme. If you wish you may bring along a family member or friend.

But don’t just take our word for it!

LCH_Diabetes_17May_0001Mizbah, 37, attended the course at Halton Clinic and her diabetes is now in remission after she was diagnosed in February this year.

She said: “Learning about the science behind diabetes, and about how the way you think about it can affect you, was really interesting and very informative.

"Listening to the dietitian and other people who have diabetes sharing their experiences was very valuable.

"It was a supportive group with a relaxed

"The biggest thing I took away was - ‘everything in moderation’. I have my good days and I have my ‘cheat days’. I make better choices now, I have tried new foods and I’m more active than I was before.

"I know it can be done because my diabetes is now in remission.”

NHSLCH_Gibbs_0039Michael, 57, attended the course in Woodhouse and said The LEEDS Programme transformed his understanding of diabetes.

He said: “The course was absolutely brilliant.

“After 15 years of being diabetic, I learnt more in three sessions than in the previous 15 years.

“I have found advice about healthy eating invaluable as well as how insulin works and how to manage my medication.

“By putting it all together and using the strategies they have told me about, I have definitely noticed the difference.”

If you have used this service in the past, and would like to provide us with feedback as part of the NHS “Friends and Family Test” (FFT) please select one of the links below:

To access and complete the FFT click here >

To access and complete the FFT Easy read version click here >

If you are a parent carer you can access and complete the FFT by click here >

The information you provide will be used to inform how better we can deliver the service.