BERTIE is a diabetes education course that teaches people with Type 1 diabetes how to manage insulin doses compared to carbohydrate intake. Participants are encouraged to solve problems individually to assess what works best for them, and learn what to do to stay healthy.
"BERTIE is really useful, my confidence Is much better and I feel more in control. I can make better decisions about my insulin and I have a better understanding of why my readings are high/low and my HbA1c has improved."
Type 1 patient
How does it work?
BERTIE courses are run in groups of up to 8, by two specialist diabetes healthcare professionals. They run for one day (6 hrs) a week over 4 consecutive weeks totalling. Courses are only available in English.
People can be accompanied by a friend or family member.
BERTIE was created in Bournemouth, based on a European model with many years of research behind it. The Bournemouth team train others to deliver a similar course locally and it is up to each local course to collect their own data. The Bournemouth group have published real world data from their diabetes clinic over the past 20 years.