Who is DAFNE?

Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating

A way of managing Type 1 diabetes by working out how much insulin you need to take for what you want to eat. This approach has been used in Europe since the 1980s and piloted in Britain in 2000 and is now a nationally delivered programme. The Locala diabetes specialist nurses organised and introduced the course for Huddersfield in 2010 and are members of the collaborative and regional network.

What does it involve?

Currently DAFNE involves attending a 5 day training course with around 7 other people who also have type 1 diabetes. The group meet again 6-8 week later for a half day follow up. The structured teaching programme is run by a trained diabetes specialist nurse and diabetes specialist dietitian. It focuses on skills and built around group work covering topics including carbohydrate counting, manging diabetes, insulin actions, eating out to name but a few.

The benefits

DAFNE has proven to reduce HbA1c without increasing severe hypoglycaemia, increase quality of life and improve satisfaction with treatment. It is recommended by the National Institute of clinical excellence.

How do I book a place on the DAFNE course?

Please contact 0300 304 5555 to leave a message with diabetes team. You will then be contacted and a place reserved. All the courses are in the greater Huddersfield area. The course is free but you may need to reorganise family commitments or take time off work to do the course and a letter can be provided for your employer if required.

If you have Type 1 diabetes and are interested in insulin dose adjustments for normal eating (DAFNE), this course may be of benefit to you.

It is a skills based week long course run throughout the year, where you will meet other people with Type 1 diabetes and learn how to manage your condition.

For further information, please contact: 0300 304 5555