Please note that all Diabetes Structured education at the Diabetes Centre and the community is cancelled until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please share this with anyone you know who is planning to attend. We will be looking to offer alternative on-line solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, so please do keep referring

Structured education and preventing diabetes

The Hackney Diabetes Centre offers a number of  structured education programmes for patients with diabetes. Patients with type 1 diabetes are offered BHICEP course and a Carbohydrate Counting workshop, and we now run a one course for patients who are newly diagnosed..

For patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes we offer an EDDI course, and for those with established type 2 diabetes we offer X-PERT and X-PERT Insulin programmes.

For patients who have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes within the last 6 years and meet referral criteria, will be offered the opportunity to take part in our pilot Low Calorie Diet (LCD) programme, Counterweight Plus. Studies have shown that people who loose significant amounts of weight (about 15kg ) and keep it off, can put ther diabetes into remission.

For referrals to our education programmes, please use this  referral form and send to

For type 1 diabetes

BHICEP is our four week structured education programme for type 1 diabetes patients, run by members of the diabetes team. It involves attending four sessions, each lasting five to six hours, and includes intensive self-monitoring of blood glucose levels and food intake.

The aim of the course is to teach people with type 1 diabetes about the tools needed to much more accurately adjust their insulin to match their carbohydrate intake, enabling them to enjoy a more flexible and enjoyable lifestyle, while still attaining good glycaemic control.

The course is limited to four to six people and is conducted by a diabetes specialist dietitian and diabetes specialist nurse.

The course currently takes place at Homerton Hospital.

Participants attending the course will need to be willing to:

  • attend a pre-assessment appointment with the nurse or dietitian at the diabetes the Hackney Diabetes Centre
  • attend all four sessions
  • test blood glucose levels at least four times a day for the duration of the course and keep a diary of their food intake and activity.
  • learn news skills and share experiences with the group.

Dates for 2020 to be advised later

Practical carbohydrate counting
This is a practical carbohydrate counting workshop for patients with type 1 diabetes. The workshop is three hours long, delivered either at the Hackney Diabetes Centre or at St Bartholomew's Hospital.

If you would like to attend one of our courses, please e-mail


For type 2 diabetes

EDDI (Education for Diabetes) is a structured education programme for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  The programme consists of two afternoon or morning sessions, with self-directed learning in between. EDDI is offered to patients who attend the new patient clinic, or they can be referred directly by their GP or practice nurse. Referrals are taken for people who have had diabetes diagnosed for less than 12 months.


X-PERT is a six week programme for anyone with type 2 diabetes, no matter how long they have been diagnosed. The course is run at Hackney Diabetes Centre or at GP surgeries. We provide the programme in both English and Turkish languages. The course runs for three hours per week for six weeks.

Attending the X-PERT programme will increase patients' knowledge skills and understanding of their condition and help them to make lifestyle choices to manage their blood glucose levels more effectively.

For more information please visit this website

People with type 2 diabetes can self-refer for this course. 

For the next available dates please contact Diabetes Lay Educators at Hackney Diabetes Centre on 020 8510 5920.

X-PERT Insulin

Those patients who completed X-PERT programme and use insulin injections as part of their treatment can attend X-PERT Insulin programme.

Attending the X-PERT Insulin programme can increase patients' knowledge, skills and understanding of their condition and help them to make lifestyle choices to manage their blood glucose levels more effectively when using insulin.

For more information please visit this website