Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now delivering our education courses contact free by providing tailored, personal support online via an app or over the phone. We are also trialling some group education sessions online via video.

At this current time it is unclear when our in person face to face courses will resume and so we urge everyone with diabetes to explore our range of digital diabetes education courses.

If you would like more information please contact us on 020 3474 5500.

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BERTIE - Type 1

What is BERTIE?

BERTIE stands for BERTIE stands for 'Beta Cell Education Resources for Training in Insulin and Eating'. The programme is designed to help people with Type 1 diabetes learn more about managing the condition and about useful topics such as how to carbohydrate count and how to work out insulin doses.  It is a FREE programme for adults with Type 1 diabetes registered with a GP in south London or receiving Type 1 diabetes specialist care in south London. 

  • BERTIE is a way of managing Type 1 diabetes and will provide you with the skills necessary to estimate the carbohydrate in each meal and to inject the right dose of insulin
  • Run by BERTIE educated local healthcare professionals who are experts in Type 1 diabetes
  • BERTIE programmes are a friendly, supportive environment, where everyone is working towards a common goal

 

"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

 

Programme style

BERTIE is a six-hour group programme once a week for four consecutive weeks plus a follow-up session around 3 months after the course.  The BERTIE course is about learning from experience. As well as learning how to carb-count, and adjust insulin doses accordingly, you will keep records of food intake, blood glucose levels and insulin administered between sessions. 

There are 6-8 people in each group, all with Type 1 diabetes.  You can bring a family member or friend along to support you if you wish or a carer.
 

How can the BERTIE programme help me?

Research has shown that people who complete the BERTIE programme benefit because:

  • They are more likely to have better diabetes control and a lower HbA1c
  • Many participants report reductions in hypoglycaemia that requires assistance from someone else
  • 80 per cent of participants meet their goals on the BERTIE course

 

Is BERTIE suited to me?

BERTIE is ideal if you

  • Enjoy interacting with others, sharing stories and learning from others experience
  • Want the opportunity to talk with healthcare professionals who specialise in diabetes


“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.””