Type 2 Online Education Programme




CODE is Diabetes Ireland’s group education programme for people with Type 2 Diabetes or with a diagnosis of prediabetes.


The aim of CODE is to help people manage their prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes. Each session will be approximately 2 hours long. The group will have no more than 12 participants who will be facilitated by a Diabetes Ireland Nurse or Dietitian and it aims to support those living with the condition to set goals and support each other in tools for self-management.



Topics Covered in Code Include:


  • Diabetes Explained
  • Signs & Symptoms
  • Carbohydrate & Portion Advice
  • Personal Goal Setting
  • Managing Your Glucose Levels
  • Risk Factors
  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity


CODE aims to deliver general information about diabetes self-management in a supported online setting. The groups are kept to small numbers allowing people to talk in a supportive, non-judgemental environment about their own diabetes. Time is allocated during the programme for problem solving, people’s feedback on diabetes self-management, behaviours and goal settling. Diabetes knowledge and skills are reinforced and the responsibility for the personal self-management of diabetes is gradually strengthened.


The final session takes places six months after the start date. CODE is funded by Diabetes Ireland and the HSE, therefore free of charge to attendees


The sixth month session is a review of achievements and personal goals that were set and new goals are considered. Our flexible approach allows the sessions to be tailored to meet the self-identified needs of each individual.



*** Please note this course is only for People living Type 2 diabetes and Pre diabetes only *** 



For further information on Diabetes Awareness Sessions for Care staff/ Service Providers caring for persons with diabetes contact us at [email protected]




To register your interest to attend a free EDUCATION course run by Health Professionals please complete the form below: 




Registration Details for Zoom - People living Type 2 Diabetes and Pre Diabetes only

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Meet The Team  


Sinéad Powell, Dietitian, Northeast Regional Development Officer. Qualified in 1996 and worked in the NHS prior to returning to Ireland in 2001 where she worked in acute and community settings mainly in the area of diabetes. Since joining Diabetes Ireland in 2007, Sinead has worked to develop diabetes services and raise diabetes awareness in the HSE North Eastern Region.  She has developed and co-ordinated the CODE educational programme for people with Type 2 Diabetes, and is involved in health promotions in schools, public community events and workplaces. She has presented at several conferences. She is an advocate for people with diabetes on numerous bodies and the local and national media. She is a member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI) and long-standing member of the Diabetes Interest Group (DIG) of the INDI.


Jenny Dunbar, Diabetes Nurse & Mid-Leinster Regional Development Officer for Diabetes Ireland. Jenny qualified in 1984 and worked in St. Vincent’s Hospital as a Diabetes Nurse Specialist for 9 years. In 2007 she joined Diabetes Ireland developing and co-ordinating the CODE educational programme for people with T2DM and is involved in health promotions in schools, public community events, workplace events and has presented at several conferences. She is an advocate for people with diabetes on numerous bodies and the local and national media.


Clair Naughton, Diabetes Nurse, North Western Regional Development Officer. Clair qualified as a nurse and worked for a year in the NHS before returning to Ireland in 2002. She worked in acute settings in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia before taking a post with the Mater Hospital Dublin, upskilling with a postgraduate diploma at UCD in Diabetes Nursing prior to taking on the role of clinical facilitator for the Mater Diabetes Centre. In 2013, Clair joined Diabetes Ireland where she co-ordinates and delivers the CODE patient education programme for people with diabetes, raises awareness of diabetes through community awareness programmes, public meetings and employee health initiatives. She assists with the development of patient information booklets and acts as a media spokesperson and patient advocate for her area. She is also a member of the Irish Diabetes Nurse Specialist Association.