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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.””