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'NICE Working': Implementing Updated NICE Guidelines: A Practical Workshop

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Workshops include SD books!

We're delighted to say that relevant workshops include as standard a complimentary copy of the supporting SD book for each participant or participating team. This means extra resources to help with putting learning into practice and key references always close to hand!

Each participant will also automatically receive SD's fresh new certificate of attendance, either in hard copy or electronically - or both if you wish!.  Please see the individual workshop details below or consult the SD Workshop Booklist!

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‘NICE Working’

Implementing Updated NICE Guidelines: A Practical Workshop for Diabetes Teams, Primary Care Practices, CCGs and others

This topical, workshop was created in 2015, in response to the release of updated NICE guidelines for Type 1 Diabetes in Adults, Children and Young People with Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2), Type 2 Diabetes in Adults and with the new emphasis on the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes 

The one-day event arms participants with the knowledge and skills to implement the guidance relevant to their area of work. The programme runs from 9.45am to 4.15pm and includes:

Review presentation of relevant updated or prevention guidance;

Reflection on current practice and identifying opportunities and challenges for implementation;

Skills practicals with useful feedback, to enhance practice in identified areas;

Implementation Goals and Creative Problem solving;

Planning for success

The workshop presentation style, focusing on interactive activities, discussion, reflection and action gives multidisciplinary teams the invaluable and rare opportunity to spend dedicated time together effectively and efficiently, to plan and update their service provision

The whole day is fully interactive and collaborative and mirrors evidence based practice in making changes

In addition, participants will have an exciting and enjoyable learning experience with expert facilitation to achieve their personal and professional aims, with a take-home certificate to prove it!

The workshop is fully supported by a dedicated website containing workshop materials and additional complementary resources

Workshop Costs (for up to 24 Participants in the UK)

This workshop costs £1100, including all workshop materials plus facilitator costs and travel. The cost excludes venue and equipment, refreshments and participant attendance and expenses. It is subject to our usual terms and conditions, which you can find here

Complimentary Books Included!

This workshop automatically includes a complimentary book as detailed below

‘NICE Working’ Workshops Booklist

Participants may choose one book from the following collection for per individual or team attending. Books will be brought to you on the day of your workshop. Please visit to find out more about each one:

Implementing Personalised Care Planning in Long Term Conditions: A Successful Diabetes Handbook;

Group Education and Facilitation Skills in Healthcare Settings: A Successful Diabetes Handbook;

The Type 2 Diabetes Handbook: A Successful Diabetes Handbook

Success with Your Insulin Pump: A Successful Diabetes Handbook;

Type 2 Diabetes: Your Questions Answered. Published by Dorling Kindersley(Please note availability of this title may be limited)

‘NICE Working’ Presentation

We can also deliver a 1-2 hour interactive presentation at your study day, team away day or conference, which will update all participants on the key changes to the relevant NICE guidance and give you all the opportunity to reflect and plan the priorities for implementation


The cost of a presentation tailored to your needs and inclusive of facilitator costs and travel in the UK is £450

We will be delighted to take your booking for a ‘NICE Working’ Workshop or Presentation, tell you more or discuss your particular needs and how these can be met. Get in touch with us today!


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Telephone:   07885 499943

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Diabetes UK - July 2015

Welcome to our all-new monthly spotlight on an organisation or resource that can help us all in our quest for better health!

The July spotlight's on......Diabetes UK 

Read on for all the details and/or download your personal copy here!


What is it?



Diabetes UK is the country’s largest organisation for support for living and working with diabetes.  It offers a massive range of support services and investment in research to improve and save lives with diabetes. It also campaigns for improvements in diabetes care.  Its strapline ‘Care Connect Campaign’ puts in a nutshell, its aims and ambitions.


Diabetes UK is one of the oldest support organisations for individual conditions, having started in the 1930s as ‘British Diabetic Association’. It’s also one of the only organisations to have been started jointly by a physician specializing in diabetes and a person with diabetes.  These two were, respectively and none other than Dr Robin Lawrence and HG Wells. Robin Lawrence himself had type 1 diabetes and was one of the first to be treated with insulin in the 1920s. 


Today, Diabetes UK is the ‘go to’ place for help, support and problem solving, whatever aspect of diabetes is of concern.  The CareLine answers questions every day from people newly diagnosed and experienced with diabetes and all ages alike. Living with Diabetes days are held around the country and support holidays are also run. Apps and websites for particular groups, such as teenagers and young children are available. The professionals are equally well catered for with an annual conference and year round guidance, position statements and the all important research into every aspect of diabetes, from how individual cells are affected, to treatments and psychological and emotional effects.


For our particular purposes this month, Diabetes UK has information about all aspects of living with diabetes, including travelling.  The link to the relevant website pages is here and you’ll also find it a starting point for a wealth of other information on the rest of the site! 


How can it help me with living with diabetes?

As we’ve mentioned, there’s a vast amount of information on every aspect of living with diabetes as well as personal support from the CareLine.  Each evening, peer support is also offered, where you can talk in confidence to someone living with diabetes themselves about day to day realities.  Importantly, you can become a member of Diabetes UK, which not only helps it campaign on your behalf but also gives you regular updates and the chance to take part in research or help you find the best care and treatment for you.   You can also become involved as a peer supporter, on the council of people living with diabetes or in a local support group.

Diabetes UK has offices in all the countries of the UK, so there is something specific for your part of the country, as well as the national organisation which these regional offices makes up.

How can it help me with working with diabetes?

Diabetes UK is an organisation made up of professional members as well as those living with diabetes.  Keeping up to date in clinical practice is vital if people are to get consistent, reliable advice from you, so it’s a great source of all the latest evidence.  Annual conferences, study days, position statements and guidelines are all available to you. Becoming a professional member also entitles you to a regular copy of ‘Balance’ magazine so you share the same information as people with diabetes, and a dedicated health professional area where you can keep up to date with clinical issues and developments.

Diabetes UK relies on its professional members equally to make up its committees and working parties as well as organize the annual conference, so you can play an important role in shaping and developing policy and practice in the organisation.  It also loves to celebrate successes in service development so communication about this is also vital.  You won’t regret becoming a part of this key organisation!


Our 3 top reasons to give it a try


1.    It’s for people with diabetes and health professionals alike – showing its equal commitment to both perspectives

2.    It’s the leading organisation funding research into diabetes in the UK

3.    It is the authoritative voice of diabetes care in the UK and deserves all our support to maintain this




Any down sides?

It seems a shame that Diabetes UK does not offer a structured diabetes education programme training of its own or develop a national programme to offer to the NHS. Having said that, it has funded a great deal of research into education and strongly promotes good practice in education and learning.


That’s it for now! Hope you like our take on Diabetes UK and watch out for another ‘Self Health Spotlight’ in September!



Change4Life - June 2015

Welcome to our all-new monthly spotlight on an organisation or resource that can help us all in our quest for better health!

The June spotlight's on......Change4Life 

Read on for all the details and/or download your personal copy here!


What is it?


Change4Life is the NHS website devoted to helping people and families live healthier lives in terms of eating, drinking and moving.  Its slogan is ‘Eat Well, Move More, Live Longer’.  It has sections devoted to food and drinks, alcohol and physical activity.  It’s more than just an information site, though - it’s presented in a bright, friendly format and is thoroughly practical!  Each section includes tips, ideas and suggestions, inviting the visitor to decide what would be right for them to change. The underlying message seems to be one of ‘nudge’ – that is trying out new things, little by little, choosing just one thing at a time to do differently.


There seems to be something for absolutely everyone, whatever your starting lifestyle. You can go from ‘couch to 5K in nine weeks’ or download a ‘Step-o-Meter’ app to count your daily steps, even if you are already very active.


For families in particular, the messages of the website include making changes together, such as being active at the weekends as a family, but also healthier cooking and packed lunches and picnics.


The site is very engaging and welcoming, with not a judgmental comment in sight. It’s all about encouragement and enthusiasm, and above all, ease, explaining that simple food or drink swaps and a bit more activity everyday can make a huge difference to your health.


To maintain your enthusiasm for changes, there are lots of supporting gadgets and programmes, for example a series of free apps and a version of ‘LazyTown, getting the messages across in an enjoyable way, while young!


We think it’s well worth a look to find out what inspiration you can get personally – and maybe also spread the word to your family and friends.


How can it help me with living with diabetes?


Most of life with diabetes is about healthy living, including all the aspects covered in Change4Life. Having diabetes doesn’t make healthy choices and lifestyle changes any easier for you than for anyone else though – in some ways it can even be harder, because there is so much extra to take into account, like medications, testing and hospital appointments etc. So, anything that helps you add a little extra healthy living without much effort has to be a bonus, yes?

How can it help me with working with diabetes?


You can heartily recommend Change4Life to people you see in your clinics and visits – perhaps especially for families and young people.  It may help to reinforce the messages you are giving as well, and it means that people can also independently find information that is just right for them.


You can also, perhaps, use Change4Life as the basis for conversations about healthy living in general and how peoples’ personal diabetes treatment and monitoring fits in with its messages.  It could turn out to be something you look at together, say in a consultation and so help people make choices about what changes they wish to make?


Finally, as we regularly say, there might be something on there for yourself and your own health or that of your family. Your own wellbeing is just as important as that of everyone you help!

Our 3 top reasons to give it a try


1. It’s easy and quick to read and ‘dip into’


2. There’s a place to start for everyone, younger, older, fitter, completely unfit and everything in between!


3. There’s a great directory of local activities, just choose your favourite, or one you wish to try, enter your postcode and a list will pop up!     




Any down sides?


Nope – it’s all good! Enjoy and be inspired!   






That’s it for now! Hope you like our take on Change4Life and watch out for another ‘Self Health Spotlight’ in July!


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