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Mission Statement

X-PERT Health provides effective education courses to prevent, manage and reduce the escalating financial burden of diabetes. Our growing network of 84 centres and more than 600 educators has helped more than a quarter of a million people so far.

Our courses are national programmes that fully meet the Department of Health and Diabetes UK criteria to fulfil the National Institute of Health and Care (NICE) guidance.

Our aim is to ensure that all people at risk of, or diagnosed with, diabetes have access to good quality and enjoyable structured education leading to increased skills, knowledge and confidence in the prevention and self-management of their long-term medical conditions. Whether you have had diabetes for 20 years or whether you have been newly diagnosed, our courses are for you.

We have 3 programmes, these are:

X-PERT Prevention of Diabetes (X-POD)

X-PERT Diabetes

X-PERT Insulin

Written by Dr Trudi Deakin, the X-PERT Programmes are based upon the theories of patient empowerment, discovery learning and patient-centred care. People with diabetes see a healthcare professional for around 3 hours each year and have to spend the remaining 8,757 hours self-managing their condition.

The existing government is determined to try and control the cost of health services across the UK through education and awareness and has set up the National Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Programme. This means that everyone who is at risk or has type 2 diabetes should have access to training for self-management. We can demonstrate proven results that X-PERT Health: can reduce the burden of cost on the NHS budgets, uses the most up to date evidence based research, is independent of both the NHS and commercial interests, is the only Diabetes Education and Awareness programme that provides ongoing support, and is NHS NICE guideline accredited.

What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a common condition in which the amount of glucose in the blood at diagnosis is too high because the body cannot use the glucose as energy. Diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin, or produces insulin but cannot use it properly. There are two types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes occurs when there is a severe lack of insulin in the body because the cells in the pancreas that produce it have been destroyed.
  • Type 2 diabetes develops when the body can still make some insulin, but not enough for its needs, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).

How X-PERT Can Help? Our free 15 hour self-management courses are for people living with pre-diabetes and either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. You can attend whether you have just found out you have diabetes or whether you have been living with it for years. X-PERT Education provides tools and techniques to help you manage your condition better. A clinical trial has demonstrated that attendance significantly improves health and wellbeing.

Course Participant Comments:

Living with Diabetes: Find out how others have taken control of their diabetes from individuals and their experiences, just click on the links below to watch the video or read the text of those who have shared their stories with us:  John's story    Emma's experience    Alan's testimony 

About X-PERT Health

About X-PERT Health

X-PERT Health is a registered charity, our headquarters are situated in the historic mill town of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire in the north of England.

We train Educators, usually healthcare professionals and lay freelancers, to deliver our structured education programmes throughout the UK and internationally to people with, or at risk of diabetes.

Why Was X-PERT Developed?

Dr Trudi Deakin, author of the X-PERT Programme portfolio recognised that routine healthcare was not equipping people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to self-manage their condition. She initiated a series of focus groups to find out what information people wanted about their condition and how this information was best delivered.

The outcome from this exploratory process was that clips of verbal information provided in a clinical setting, even when backed up with information leaflets, were not helping people to successfully manage their condition on a day-to-day basis. People want to understand their condition and they would like visual tools to do this. Group education sessions and educational visual aids were then developed and piloted. Evaluation of these sessions led to the development of the first X-PERT Programme “X-PERT Diabetes”. Based on person-centred needs and wishes, the programme was developed to enable participants to attend one 2.5 hour session per week for six weeks [15 hours in total]. This prevented information overload, supported regular review and reinforcement and enabled participants to obtain the confidence to identify and set goals to develop self-management skills. The first 10 years of X-PERT Health

The six week group-education programmes do not focus on prescription, dictation and reprimand; instead, it offers a fun way of learning about and understanding diabetes, using visual aids and discovery learning and enabling individuals to make their own informed decisions. The effectiveness of the programmes were evaluated with a clinical trial. X-PERT Health now delivers 3 structured self-management programmes for people at risk of, or diagnosed with, diabetes.

What If You Cannot Attend a Course?

The digital landscape has changed the way people are educated so a DVD taster of the X-PERT Diabetes Programme has been developed for home use, this is available on the X-PERT Health shop. In addition, an E-Learning Programme downloadable app is in the pipeline to appeal to a wider audience and to help those who have mobility issues and cannot physically attend an X-PERT centre.

Award Winning X-PERT Health

  • Diabetes UK Sharing Good Practice Award - 1st Runner-up (March 2010)
  • The HSE Overall National Achievement Award, Republic of Ireland (April 2008)
  • TrusTECH Innovation in Service Delivery Award (3rd Prize, July 2006)
  • Public Servants Innovation, Breaking New Ground Award (Finalist, May 2006)
  • The Secretary of State’s Excellence in Healthcare Management Award (November 2004)
  • Health Service Journal Patient-Centred Care Award (November 2004)
  • Diabetes UK 2003 Diabetes Education Award (March 2003)
  • National Obesity Forum Weight Management in Diabetes Care Award (October 2003)

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Our aim is to ensure that all people at risk of, or diagnosed with, diabetes have access to good quality and enjoyable structured education leading to increased skills, knowledge and confidence in the prevention and self-management of their long-term medical conditions.

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X-PERT Health 

Linden Mill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire , HX7 7DP
UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1422 847871
Fax: +44 (0) 1422 843715

Email: admin@xperthealth.org.uk

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