Back in the office today after a trip to Brussels to scope a new course on diabetes we are developing for the International Diabetes Federation. We are not new to diabetes. In fact our most widely used course over the last ten years is designed to help newly diagnosed diabetics estimate the amount of carbohydrate in their diet and adjust their insulin dosage accordingly. Weíve helped over 50,000 people.
The new course is a bit different and is aimed at health professionals. In the UK, diabetes education is pretty good, but in some parts of the world it isnít so readily available, and so the IDF plays a key role in providing resources. The plan is to develop a series of modular courses. This first one is a basic introduction to diabetes: the foundation for what will follow. The main challenge is the diverse nature of the audience. And thatís not just because they are spread all over the world. The audience includes doctors, nurses and community health workers. Indeed even people with seemingly the same job title actually do very different jobs in different countries. So we need a flexible resource that gives each person what they need. It may stretch our unique approach to personalisation to new places.
What I came away really encouraged by, was the fact that we each understood our respective roles. Although we know a little about diabetes, what causes it and how it can be treated, the team at IDF are clearly the experts. They spend every hour of every day thinking about it - not surprising I guess. But what was good for the project was that, although they know a fair bit about education, they are clearly expecting us to bring the same expertise to that as they do to the subject. That is great news for the project. A team that understands and respects everyone roles works well together.
We had better make sure we are good now!