DWELL Programme Lead,
Medway Community Healthcare
Julie Webster is a registered dietitian, who has specialised in diabetes for the majority of her 20 year career. Julie has worked for the same organisation since qualifying as a mature student back in 1999. Medway Community Healthcare (MCH) is a social enterprise. A social enterprise is a business with a social purpose that reinvests all the money it makes back into the business, or the local community, so that when a social enterprise profits, society profits.
Very early on in her career Julie developed group education sessions for people with Type 2 diabetes because of her belief in the power of the group approach. Julie became a DAFNE educator and later on lead on the development of a programme for people with Type 1 diabetes education, based on the Bournemouth model, called MINT1E (Medway Intensive Type 1 Education), taking this programme through the process to become accredited with QISMET (Quality Institute for Self-Management, Education & Training).
It is because of this background in diabetes education that Julie and MCH were invited to be part of the DWELL (Diabetes and WELLbeing) European research project. DWELL is a 4 year project funded by the EU Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 and co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The programme being developed and evaluated aims to enable patients with Type 2 diabetes to access tailored support, empowering them to self-manage their condition and improve their wellbeing. It is a 12-week patient support programme of ‘pick and mix’ options. Participants also receive 1-2-1 motivational conversations, wellbeing activities and information sessions about Type 2 diabetes. The project also includes a training package for staff to deliver the programme and the development of DWELL Patient Ambassadors who support the project, programme and other participants in a variety of roles.