These additional courses are two-hour long sessions for members of the South Asian community with type two diabetes who would like to know more about their condition. Language support is available in Urdu/Punjabi and Bangla, and the diabetes team at Airedale have recruited two language support workers Yasmin Maskin and Shamim Akhtar to help design, deliver and run the courses.
There are separate sessions for men and for women.
All resources have been adapted for the South Asian community with appropriate food models and concepts made understandable for this community with the help of Shamim and Yasmin.
Jane Brophy, lead diabetes specialist dietitian for structured education says “Patients only need to come along to one session to gain a broad understanding of what diabetes is and the best ways to manage it. We will be signposting those who wish to know more to the full South Asian X-PERT course which is four weeks long.”
Shamim Akhtar, language support worker, says “They are one-off sessions and take place in community locations including Roshni Ghar, North Street Surgery and the Sangat Centre in Keighley. Diabetes education is extremely important for anyone with diabetes, as understanding the condition is the key to managing it.”
Yasmin Maskin, language support worker, says “These educational sessions have been going really well, and we have received positive feedback from patients. Some feedback we have received includes people feeling they have a better understanding of diabetes and the body, that the session is very informative and simple, that they enjoyed learning in a group environment and feel more confident managing their diabetes.”