Diabetes Education Programme

Teaching you the skills to manage Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes

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

If your GP tells you that you have prediabetes, he/she may ask you to consider lifestyle and dietary changes and return to the clinic at a later date for another blood glucose test. This warning provides you with an opportunity to ‘push-out’ or avoid Type 2 Diabetes. Educating yourself on the condition is a vital part of avoiding it.

CODE aims to deliver general information about diabetes self-management in a local community group setting. The groups are kept to small numbers (11-16) 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. Diabetes is very much a personal condition with no one ideal plan that suits everyone.

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The programme is facilitated by a diabetes nurse or dietitian and consists of 4 sessions of 2 hours duration each and a phone call at week 10. The first 3 sessions take place over 3 consecutive weeks and the final session takes place six months after the start date. CODE is funded by Diabetes Ireland and the HSE, therefore free of charge to attendees.

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Topics covered in CODE include:

  • Diabetes is clearly explained
  • The risk factors for Diabetes
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Personal goal setting
  • Health complications
  • The necessity of regular follow-ups
  • The importance of optimal diabetes controlSimplified glucose test

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.

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To find a CODE near you

Visit our Awareness & Events webpage and select your area to find when a CODE is next taking place near to where you live

Meet out Team who run CODE

Anna Clark

Dr. Anna Clarke is Health Promotion and Research Manager with Diabetes Ireland, based in Dublin. She has initiated projects to provide support for people with diabetes and provides access to diabetes education at community level. The main initiatives are community orientated diabetes education programmes for professionals and people with diabetes, pharmacy based diabetes clinics and health promotion initiatives in schools, workplaces and community settings. She was part of the development team for the Galway University Health Promotion Module and is also currently an adjunct Lecturer in University College Dublin.  Her main focus is as an advocate for people with diabetes on the National Diabetes Working Group, National Paediatric Working Group and CAWT. She appears frequently as a media spokesperson for Diabetes Ireland.


Sinead PowellMs. Sinead 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 NorthEastern Region.  She has developed and co-ordinated the CODE educational programme for people with T2DM, is involved in health promotions in schools, public community events, workplace and has presented at a number of 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

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 a number of conferences. She is an advocate for people with diabetes on numerous bodies and the local and national media.

Pauline Dunne

Pauline Dunne, Senior Dietitian, Western Regional Development Officer. Pauline has a broad skill mix, and is experienced in both health promotion and primary care services.  Currently Pauline is leading out a government funded project focusing on provision of information and awareness sessions for service providers in the intellectual disability sector. In addition she delivers structured education (CODE) to people with type 2 diabetes and health promotion initiatives in the wider community such as with community groups, pharmacies, and workplaces.

Clair NaughtonClair 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.

To attend a CODE or register your interest call

DUBLIN 01 842 8118 

Cork 021 427 4229

Sligo 071 914 6001