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Diabetes care in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire

Read coding for patient education

Structured Patient Education Read Coding

Structured Patient Education (SPE) is a vital part of the offer that we make to people with diabetes. Currently we can offer X-PERT (6 sessions of 2.5 hours each) to people with Type 2 diabetes; and CHOICE (4 days spread over 4 weeks) and CarbAware (3 hour short course) to people with Type 1. All new patients should be offered an opportunity. Currently the offer of SPE is a QOF coding requirement but attendance is not. The result is that, although large numbers of people attend SPE, we cannot show it in the National Diabetes Audit (NDA). Nationally, attendance is recorded at around 5%; in Berkshire it is around 10% but it is probably much higher in reality.

NHSE is now asking us to record attendance using 4 generic Read Codes shown below. You can still use ‘Referred to X-PERT’ if you wish, but the 4 codes below cover all the bases. Please use these codes for CHOICE and CarbAware as well. 

Outcome of referral        Vision/EMIS       SystmOne

SPE declined                    9OLM                  XaNTH

Did not attend SPE           9NiA                    XaNTa

Attended* SPE                  9OLB                  XaKHØ

Completed SPE                9OLF                   XaX5D



Attended* means attended 1 or more X-PERT sessions;

Completed means attended 4 or more.