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NOTICE OF ELECTION

By marke on June 25, 2018 15:33



For membership of the National DAFNE Executive Board 2018

The DAFNE Executive Board gives notice that it will hold elections to the National DAFNE Collaborative for membership to join the National DAFNE Executive Board.

Elections will be held for the following positions:
• 5 DAFNE Graduate user representatives

Nominations for the User representative position are invited from DAFNE Graduates who are DAFNE Graduate Group (DGG) members . The details of the role are provided in the attached job role description and member person specification.

A nomination form to stand for election will be emailed to all DGG members on Monday 25th June 2018, replacement nomination forms may be obtained by contacting Becky Hedgcock, DAFNE Manager on 0191 349 9661 or emailing dafne@nhct.nhs.uk

All nomination forms should be received by the Returning Officer (Becky Hedgcock) at the above email address, before 12 noon on Wednesday 11th July 2018. It is important you complete the reference section of the nomination form in order for your form to be considered.

By 5pm on Wednesday 11th July, validation checks will be carried out and two character references will be requested by the central DAFNE team to the email addresses supplied on your nomination form and must be completed and returned by the referees by 12 noon on Friday 27th July 2018 or your nomination will be withdrawn.

If required, the required references will be followed up by Central DAFNE on no more than 2 occasions between 11th – 27th July 2018, therefore it is the nominee’s responsibility to contact the referee prior to submitting their nomination form, and to also chase up their referees if required prior to the deadline. Please note references can only be sent to and received from business/nhs email accounts, not personal accounts such as hotmail, gmail etc.

Any notice of withdrawal must be received by the Returning Officer at the above email address, before 12 noon on Monday 16th July 2018.

Voting will be by DAFNE centre with each DAFNE centre having one vote. Ballot papers will be issued to the Lead Educator at each qualifying DAFNE centre, before 5pm on Monday 30th July 2018.

Complete ballot papers, one per centre, must be received by the Returning Officer by 5pm on Monday 20th August 2018.

The result of the election will be announced on the DAFNE website (www.dafne.uk.com) on Tuesday 28th August 2018.

The regulations governing this election can be obtained from:
Becky Hedgcock
National DAFNE Manager
Central DAFNE
Ward 2
North Tyneside General Hospital
Rake Lane
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE29 8NH
or dafne@nhct.nhs.uk

DAFNEplus Survey

By marke on September 15, 2017 21:28

As you may or may not know the next version of DAFNE called DAFNEplus is currently in the research stage. This means a new version of the course will be developed and then 'tested' to see if it gives better results than the current version. Part of this 'research' is a survey that we have been asked to promote on DAFNEOnline. To quote them

The survey opened last week and will close at the end of October 2017. It's open to 18-75 year olds with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Our aim is to assess various diabetes specific quality of life measures. There are more details here on the webpage ( http://www.yoursay.org.au/ ) and also in our blog post - https://dafneplusresearch.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/dafneplus-have-your-say-on-quality-of-life/

So please do go and fill it in and it may influence DAFNE Courses in the future........

Kings Open Days

By marke on July 19, 2017 16:32

If you are a King's DAFNE Graduate then we'd like to invite you to one of our DAFNE Refresher Days, which we run throughout the year. See here . for poster and dates.
They are for any King's College Hospital patients who have attended a DAFNE course in the past. The days are an ideal way to refresh carbohydrate counting and insulin dose adjustment skills, with morning workshops focusing on these areas for everyone and the afternoon sessions being a choice of two workshops including exercise, eating out and alcohol, pump management and emotional well-being.
The days are always well evaluated, with people enjoying being able to meet and chat to other people with type 1 diabetes as well as the pharmaceutical reps and charities we have supporting the event.
The day also has exciting talks by members of the team on new diabetes research developments, a focus on behaviour and beliefs and an "On The Sofa" session where you get to pose your questions to the team.
For further information, or to book your spot please contact us on kch-tr.dafnekings@nhs.net or ring 0203 299 1812 with your information.

secure logins now supported

By marke on March 28, 2017 19:44

We have just updated the site to allow you to access it via https. I know that won't mean much to a lot of people, however to ensure your password is secure when you enter it on the site you need to use the address https://www.dafneonline.co.uk to access the site. Your browser will most likely warn you if you access it as http://www.dafneonline.co.uk and click in the password field. Its warning you that its not secure which is why you need to use the https prefix which protects all messages between your device and the site.

Forums Fixed

By marke on February 16, 2017 20:40

All,
The forums are all fixed and working again now, apologies for the downtime we had no idea there was an issue until someone emailed us. We will try to ensure it doesn't happen again but it seems we are human after all ;-)

Forums Issue

By marke on February 16, 2017 17:15

All,
It seems a recent update to the site has broken the forums. We have only just realised today ( 16/02/17 ) and a working to fix it as soon as we can. Apologies for the inconvenience !

Would you like to be involved in research?

By marke on November 21, 2016 19:32

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have designed a questionnaire to find out how much self-management impacts on people living with diabetes. They are testing their questionnaire at the moment, and are looking for volunteers to complete their online survey. Anyone can complete the survey, as long as you live in the UK and are over 18 years old. Click here to access the survey. https://healthsurvey.shef.ac.uk/hasmid

The project is funded by The Health Foundation, and has full ethics approval. Participants who complete the online questionnaire can choose to enter a prize draw to win a £50 shopping voucher. They have prizes for every 50 completed questionnaires.

NICE Guidance on Diabetes

By marke on August 19, 2016 20:39

We have been asked to publish the following:
The updated NICE quality standard for adults with diabetes was published on 18 August 2016. The standard is aimed at commissioners and sets out a concise set of prioritised statements designed to drive measurable improvements in the quality of diabetes care. The DAFNE programme has officially supported the new standard.

So what does that mean if you don't live in NHS Land ? Well you can read the document here and what it contains is a load of stuff that would be a good idea if the NHS actually did it i.e letting us manage ourselves in Hospital and being given structured education within 12 months of diagnosis. However its just ideas and is not mandatory so all we can do it hope.....

Carb counting response

By Simon on February 01, 2016 09:47

In December the DAFNE Educator network asked for feedback on the following question: "Can DAFNE consider changing from the use of CP’s to g of carbohydrate?" Input was collected on dafneonline during December and January and the feedback was taken to the DAFNE Executive board meeting on 25th January. As a result of the graduate feedback it has been decided that no change should be made to the use of CPs. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.

JDRF Fund Raisers

By marke on July 27, 2015 18:44

All we have been requested to promote a couple of upcoming Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) events on the site, so here they are. Please click on the links for more information

Ain't No Mountain High Enough Challenge - The link for the event is here - https://www.jdrf.org.uk/get-involved/join-in-an-event/treks/aint-no-mountain-high-enough and the deadline for people to sign up is the end of this week.

One Walk - The link for the event is here - https://www.jdrf.org.uk/get-involved/join-in-an-event/walks/one-walk-london-bridges and the deadline for people to sign up is the end of September.