Structured patient education: the X-PERT Programme

Br J Community Nurs. 2009 Sep;14(9):398-404. doi: 10.12968/bjcn.2009.14.9.43916.


The X-PERT Programme seeks to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence in diabetes treatment for health-care professionals and diabetes self-management. The programme trains health-care professionals to deliver the six-week structured patient education programme to people with diabetes. Over 850 health-care professionals have attended the X-PERT 'Train the Trainer' course and audit results document improved job satisfaction and competence in diabetes treatment and management. National audit statistics for X-PERT implementation to people with diabetes illustrate excellent attendance rates, improved diabetes control, reduced weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and waist circumference and more confidence in self-managing diabetes that has impacted positively on quality of life.

MeSH terms

  • Cholesterol / blood
  • Cholesterol, LDL / blood
  • Community Health Nursing*
  • Curriculum
  • Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology
  • Diabetes Mellitus / prevention & control*
  • Glycated Hemoglobin / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Self Care / methods
  • Teaching / methods
  • Teaching / standards
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Triglycerides / blood
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology
  • Waist Circumference
  • Weight Loss


  • Cholesterol, LDL
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A
  • Triglycerides
  • Cholesterol