Following the announcement of social distancing recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, group-based face-to-face delivery of programmes is no longer in line with government advice. As such, group-based face-to-face services will stop from Friday 20 March 2020.

If you are a patient with Type 2 diabetes we have digital programmes available for example Oviva and Second Nature - book here

If you have been referred for Diabetes Education by your GP and still want a face to face course, you will be held in a waiting list. We will contact you again once face to face courses resume.

If you're not sure how digital courses work, call us on 020 3474 5500

Need help? Call us on 020 3474 5500

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.””