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.


Each CODE (online) programme consists of 4 sessions, The first 3 sessions are  over 3 consecutive weeks,

and the final session takes place 6 months later. Each session is 2 hours in duration.


CODE (online) aims to deliver general information about diabetes self-management in a supported online setting. The groups are facilitated by Diabetes Ireland Health Professionals,  a Nurse or Dietitian, and kept to a maximum of 12 participants, allowing people to talk in a supportive, non-judgemental environment about their own diabetes.


The programme aims to support participants to set goals and support each other with  tools for self-management.


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.


Our flexible approach allows the sessions to be tailored to meet the self-identified needs of each individual.



Topics Covered in Code Online Include:


  • Diabetes Explained
  • Signs & Symptoms/ Risk factors
  • Blood Glucose Management
  • Healthy Eating with T2 diabetes and advice on carbohydrates and Serving sizes
  • Physical Activity ands its Benefits
  • Planning Behaviour Change
  • Complications Relating to Diabetes – Importance of a Regular Annual Review, & What the Tests Mean
  •  Supports Available


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


To register your interest to attend a CODE (online) EDUCATION Programme 2021 please complete the form below:


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



Registration Details for Code - 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, has worked in the Diabetes Care & Education area for many years. Initially working in the acute medical &diabetes care setting in The Mater MUH. Then Research nurse & subsequently Senior Diabetes Nurse Specialist in St Vincent’s UH where she worked for many years. At this time, she was secretary for IDNSA in its formative years & continues to be a member.


In 2007 Jenny joined Diabetes Ireland developing and coordinating the CODE structured educational programme for people with T2DM. Her role involves facilitation of CODE programme, delivering Awareness update sessions to professionals and the public, from – service providers in Residential Care and intellectual disability settings, to Public information meetings, Employee Health initiatives and diabetes awareness, information, and Screening events. She assists with the development of patient information booklets and acts as a media spokesperson and patient advocate for her area.



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.