Tweetchat: Engagement in Structured education

Diabetes Structured Education

Diabetes Structured Education


The tweetchat this week will take place on Tuesday 12th May between 8:00pm and 9:00pm and will be hosted by Dr Sophie Harris (@sophiehampon).

The @OurDiabetes account will be retweeting her questions to ensure you know when to respond but if you aren’t already following @sophiehampon maybe now is the time to start… and here’s why…


About Sophie

Dr Sophie Harris is a diabetes registrar who has taken 3 years from training to work with the CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) South London and the Health Innovation Network (South London’s AHSN). The project is also part of her PhD at King’s College London and is looking at uptake of structured education/self-management courses for people with type 1 diabetes living in South London, specifically Southwark and Lambeth (for now!).

Her interests focus on:

  • Health inequalities and policy – The work of the Health Innovation Network (HIN) is looking at discrepancies in care across South London for people with diabetes. It looks at differences between areas but also how far from reaching the national standards/guidelines we are and how that can be changed.
  • Structured education – There is so much evidence supporting structured education both in terms of psychological (e.g. quality of life, confidence and depression) and biochemical (e.g. HbA1c, fewer severe hypos) improvements. It provides a better understanding of diabetes so that the all important self-management is a bit easier, but only about 20-30% of people attend structured education. Why?
  • Public and stakeholder engagement – engagement with members of the public and stakeholders is fundamental for her project. Without opinions of people living with type 1 meaningful change will not be made to the way structured education is currently run or offered. Part of this change may include the use of technology to make it more accessible.

About the BUDiE study

For more information about the research or to get involved visit

The research has both short and long term aims. The short-term aims are to find out why some people have not yet attended structured education/self-management courses despite being invited. The long-term goal is to  make meaningful changes to the service so that it is more engaging and accessible to everyone.

Participating in the tweetchat

If you haven’t participated in a tweetchat before or are unsure how to participate in the chat, everything you need to know is explained in the article Explaining Tweetchats.

Take a look at the questions that will be asked, consider reading some of the linked material, have a think about your answers and join in on Tuesday with your thoughts – it’s as simple as that!


The “Engagement in Structured education” Questions

Question 1: If you have been to a structured education course (such as DAFNE,DESMOND or X-PERT) what motivated you to go?

Question 2: How can this be harnessed and what role does the HCP play in this?

Question 3: Are HCPs mis-selling Structured Education courses?

Question 4: The term structured education puts people off, but what is a better term/description?

Question 5: If you haven’t been offered (or not attended) structured education, what are/were the reasons why?


Pre-chat reading


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