18 months in: a progress update

As we’ve just passed the 18 month mark on DAFNEplus, we thought it would be good to once again take stock of our progress. You can have a look at our previous progress update from 12 months here, but here’s a summary of what we’ve been up to since March.


During March and May, we trained all of our DAFNEplus facilitators in delivering the new intervention. The training was enthusiastically received, but we are keen to see how this translates into the delivery of DAFNEplus and learn from this for the trial, and so as part of the pilot study (see below), we’ve asked all staff to provide feedback on training. Ongoing support and supervision for DAFNEplus facilitators is being provided by our clinical psychologists, Nicole de Zoysa and Paul Chadwick.

Piloting DAFNEplus

We’ve run three DAFNEplus courses so far, one in each of our pilot centres in Sheffield, Norwich and King’s College Hospital. To help us to understand how we can keep improving DAFNEplus before the trial, we’ve been collecting lots of feedback by observing the courses, and interviewing staff and patients to find out about their experiences. We will use this feedback to help update DAFNEplus before piloting this again in January and February next year.

Patient perspective

We are continuing our work with patient advisory groups in Sheffield and London who give excellent and appropriately challenging feedback on our ideas for DAFNEplus.

Your SAY study

We’ve also been working closely with Jane Speight and Liz Holmes-Truscott in Australia on an online survey to identify the optimal diabetes specific quality of life outcome measure. This is still open here to all adults 18-75 years in the UK and Australia with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Recruitment to the trial

In parallel to the pilot study, we’ve also begun to visit all of the potential DAFNE centres for the trial. There’s been lots of interest and welcoming experiences so far. Thanks to everyone for accommodating us!

Where next?

Over the next six months, we will largely be busy with the following:

  • Updating DAFNEplus before piloting again in all three centres in early 2018 – no mean feat!;
  • Setting up the trial – finalising the study protocol and applying for excess treatment costs funding to deliver the study in local centres; and
  • Keeping going with dissemination activity – writing up research papers and presentations.


Wish us luck!

Lizzie Coates

DAFNEplus Study Manger


Image credits

Nidan (on piaxaby) by CC 2.0



One thought on “18 months in: a progress update

  1. […] This month marks the two-year point for the DAFNEplus! So we thought now would be a good opportunity to update you on what’s been happening over the last six months. And what a busy six months it’s been for the DAFNEplus team and enormous thanks are due to everyone involved! Here’s what we’ve been up to and if you missed the 18-month progress update the full story can be read here. […]


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