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Type 2 Diabetes Educational Courses



There are a number of structured education programmes available for patients diagnosed with diabetes.

For Type 2 diabetes the programmes are: XPERT, DESMOND and CODE

If you log onto and you will be able to enrol for the next available XPERT/DESMOND/CODE programme in your area.


X-PERT Ireland

The X-PERT programme is a FREE group diabetes education programme. This award winning programme can help you look after diabetes and your health. You will learn about the up-to-date treatment and management of type 2 diabetes. This programme is delivered by a qualified HSE Community Dietitian.

The course runs over 6 weekly sessions each lasting 2.5 hours in various local community venues several times a year, and includes:

Session 1: What is Diabetes?

Session 2: Healthy Eating and Weight Management,

Session 3: Carbohydrate Awareness

Session 4: Reading Food Labels

Session 5: Possible Complications of Diabetes

Session 6: Summary and future planning

If you wish you may bring along a partner or family member. The X-PERT programme is only suitable for people with a confirmed diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and is available to medical card holders and those without medical cards.  More information on where X-PERT programmes are run along with contact information and application forms to book a place on a local X-PERT programme are available on the HSE X-PERT website.  To find out whether a local X-PERT programme runs in your area, you can contact your local HSE office.  A downloadable application form for X-PERT Ireland is available here

CODE – Community Orientated Diabetes Education

CODE is Community Orientated Diabetes Education for all people with Type 2 diabetes run by Diabetes Ireland in various locations. It is an education programme which supports people with diabetes through group learning and participation. It encourages participants to become confident in their diabetes self care management and aims to improve quality of life through informed decision making. For information about where and when CODE sessions are held, contact Diabetes Ireland or email


Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (DESMOND) is a structured education programme for patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. It involves six hours of group education, usually delivered over two half-day sessions.  The DESMOND philosophy is based on patient empowerment through education. The DESMOND curriculum includes information about diabetes mellitus and how it is optimally managed, the potential risks associated with having diabetes mellitus and how these can be minimised, glucose self-monitoring, healthy diet and exercise, managing stress and emotional issues and developing a personal plan.



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