DAFNE is a course that has been set up and runs nationally to support people with Type 1 Diabetes learn how to manage their condition by developing carbohydrate counting and insulin dose adjustment skills. Topics also covered include management of hypos, exercise, illness, eating out and alcohol.


DAFNE is a 5-day course held over 1 week Monday to Friday 0900 – 1700 with a half a day follow up session 6 weeks later. It is facilitated by a DAFNE trained Diabetes Specialist Nurse and a Diabetes Specialist Dietitian. The maximum number of participants per DAFNE course is 8. It is important that you are able to attend every day.

So if you:

  • have had Type 1 diabetes for at least 6 months ( and /or post-honeymoon phase),
  • are over 17 years of age
  • have a HbA1c below 108mmols/mol
  • are on multiple daily insulin injections
  • are motivated to develop new skills to help manage your blood glucose levels

and you would like to attend a DAFNE course, please speak to your Diabetes Team/GP Surgery and ask them to refer you. You will then be contacted by the DAFNE Administrator with details of how to book onto a course.


Somerset DAFNE Course Dates 2020:




January 20th – 24th

Follow up: Thursday 12th March



Frome Town Hall



March 23rd – 27th

Follow up: Tuesday 12th May



The Old Barn Club, Yeovil


April 20th – 24th

Follow up:  Tuesday 2nd June



Taunton Conference Centre, Bridgwater and Taunton College


May 18th  – 22nd

Follow up: Thursday 2nd July




Bridgwater YMCA


June 15th – 19th

Follow up: Tuesday 4th August




The Old Barn Club, Yeovil


Sept 7th – 11th

Follow up: Thursday 22nd October



Bridgwater YMCA


October 5th – 9th

Follow up: Tuesday 17th Nov



The Old Barn, Yeovil


November 16th – 20th

Follow up:  Tuesday 12th January 2021



Taunton Conference Centre, Bridgwater and Taunton College



DAFNE updates are run for people who have completed a DAFNE course, to revisit some of the DAFNE principles and provide any updates.

To book onto a course contact 01823 342212 or email iris.yucel@tst.nhs.uk



Thursday 12 March 2020

South Petherton Hospital


Tuesday 30 June 2020

YMCA Bridgwater


Thursday 3 September 2020

Old Barn Club, Yeovil


Tuesday 29 September 2020

Taunton Conference Centre



For further information regarding DAFNE: www.dafne.nhs.uk