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Diabetes and WELLbeing

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Social Innovation

Lead partner

The Health and Europe Centre

Start Date


End Date


Project budget

3 211 641

ERDF amount

1 926 984

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    Diabetes is a long term non communicable disease of huge societal & economic concern not just a clinical issue. Type 2 diabetes (90% of those with the disease) is acquired in later life & can be successfully controlled through healthy lifestyle choices. In 2012, approx 32m people in the EU had diabetes. On average 10% of state healthcare expenditure is on treating it & related complications. Research shows that intensive self-management is required with currently no standard approach. Initiatives to increase effective, low cost self-management are essential to the sustainability of treatment.

    Main Achievements

    Diabetes is a long term non-communicable disease with high costs to patients, health services & society, & for which there is currently no standardised approach to self-management. DWELL is a holistic programme that encourages & motivates people with Type 2 Diabetes to manage their condition better. The DWELL partners have worked together to design & develop the DWELL 12 week patient support programme, staff training programme & support tools.

    The DWELL 12 week patient support programme consists of 4 core modules: Education, Nutrition, Physical activity & Wellbeing, & at the heart of all of these is peer support, motivational interviewing & self management. These key elements all help to put the patient back in the driving seat of their condition, motivationing them to make long-term lifestyle changes to manage their diabetes successfully & reducing their risk of developing long-term complications. To date 396 people have been recruited to the DWELL 12 week programme.

    The staff training programme consists of 5 modules: The DWELL approach, Understanding diabetes - common language, Facilitation skills, Motivational interviewing & Evaluation tools. As DWELL is a holistic programme, it does require a change in thinking of the way to treat type 2 diabetes...a change from a medical approach to a holistic approach. 133 staff have received training so far along with 263 students receiving the DWELL approach training as part of their curriculum.

    There are also support tools:
    - the directory of services & online support which contains over 300 entries of local services, groups & activities which contribute to a healthier way of living, as well as information on helpful apps, healthy recipes & diabetes education
    - the Ambassadors! A key element to the DWELL programme. They helped develop & pilot the 12 week programme, promote DWELL within the community, support the programme & participants, & help to sustain DWELL beyond the end of the project.

    Three cross-border Ambassdor network meetings have taken place, all of which have been a great success. The November 2019 meeting saw Ambassadors from each of the 4 participating countries come together & exchange sessions they deliver as part of the DWELL programme. These sessions included Thai-Chi, crafting & cookery.

    In October 2019, preliminary data analysis enabled interim evaluation results to be presented for the first time at the Diabetes Professional Care Conference at Olympia, in London.



    Blackthorn Trust


    Kinetic Analysis

    Medway Community Healthcare CIC

    Kent County Council

    Canterbury Christ Church University

    Centre Hospitalier de Douai


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    Cross border staff training programme to deliver patient support programme

    Theme: Health care - Innovation
    Type: Method/tool
    Target: Health institutions