We offer The LEEDS Programme (Learning, Empowering, Enabling Diabetes Self-Management) 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 lifelong 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 will improve your knowledge about your condition and help to give you the skills and motivation to take control and self-manage it. We see this as part of your ongoing treatment.
The LEEDS programme runs for 3 weeks in various venues across the city throughout the year. Each session last 2 ½ hours and is run by a trained health professional. 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
Week 3 - Keeping healthy (preventing complications) with a focus on individual goal setting.
The programme has been designed in line with national 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 have the opportunity to explore and get to grips with problems that you may have with your diabetes. We strongly recommend that you attend all three sessions to get the most out of the programme. You can bring along a family member, carer or friend to support you.
Testimonials - don’t just take our word for it!
Mizbah, 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 atmosphere."
"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.”
Michael, 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.”
Tel: 0113 843 4200
To book your place or find out your nearest venue and forthcoming dates please get in touch.
Venues include Armley, Middleton, Halton, Woodhouse and Yeadon with other locations around Leeds according to need. Sessions run on evenings and weekends and full day courses are also available.