ness of training on self-manage-ment delivered by PADs, in a groupsetting, has now been agreed.Should this study show a positiveresult, the case for creating morePADs will become compelling.
In conclusion, despite the widevariation in the educational, occupa-tional and social backgrounds of theparticipants, the training pro-gramme described is understand-able and effective.
This programme is not designedfor all people with diabetes but onlyfor those who wish to serve society in addition to self-managing theircondition. It is also recognised thatnot all PADs will either be interestedin or effective in all the functionsdescribed.
Whilst we may encourage peoplewith diabetes and their carers to jointhe EPP, there is a case for develop-ing a disease specific arm for dia-betes, incorporating the coursedescribed in this paper. The authorsrecognise that the use of the termexpert patient is here to stay atleast for those who enrol for theEPP. The decision of the PADs notto use the term expert in theirdescription is commended.
A seminar to discuss the experi-
ences of patients who have under-gone such training in chronic dis-ease, and to address issues pertain-ing to the training programme, clin-ical governance and other practicalpoints, would be most helpful.
AcknowledgementsWe wish to warmly thank ourpatients for their participation andtheir continued enthusiasm. We alsothank the following, whose contin-ued support made the exercise possible and for it to continue:members of the external assessmentboard A Brooks, A Felton, RD Hill (Chairman), A Krentz, M MacKinnon, P Singhal, S Sexton,L Worral; G Elderfield, S Paul and T Walsh for taking part in the teaching sessions; and, for theeducation grants from AbbotLaboratories, Bristol Myers Squibb,GlaxoSmithKline, Novo Nordisk,Roche, Takeda, Vectasearch, Clinicand the Voluntary Group of Isle ofWight. A particular thanks to CarolLockyer for providing much neededadministration.
Conflict of interest statementNone of the health care profession-als involved charged a fee.
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Training programme for peer advisors in diabetes
Heart UK 19th Annual Medical and Scientific MeetingThe Metabolic Syndrome: An Imminent Challenge and Lifestyle Issues in Metabolic Syndrome
30 June 1 July 2005 University of Glamorgan, UK
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RCN Diabetes ForumAnnual Conference,2324 September 2005Effective Diabetes Education: Gettingthe Message Across is the theme of theRCN Diabetes Forum AnnualConference 2005 which will be held atThe Thistle Hotel, Bristol, on Friday 23September and Saturday 24 September.
The cornerstone of diabetes care isthe provision of information, educa-
tion and psychological support(National Service Framework forDiabetes, 2002).
The conference aims to answer thequestions: What are the most effective ways ofinforming people with diabetes? Is education something we do topeople? Are we getting it right?
The event is relevant for all healthcare professionals working with people
with diabetes and will feature a mix of talks and workshops delivered by experts in the field of diabetes education.
Report by Gayle Richards, CommitteeMember, RCN Diabetes Forum
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