David Cavan is a Consultant Physician at Bournemouth. He has had an interest in patient education and self-management for many years and been involved in the development of patient education programmes for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. He runs a dedicated clinic for patients with type 1 diabetes and participates in the BERTIE programme delivered in Bournemouth. He is also actively involved in the BIDAC training programmes for health professionals. He has extensive experience at national level, having been Chair of the Diabetes UK Education and Psychosocial Care section from 2000-2004. He has also participated in the DAFNE and DESMOND national steering groups and the Department of Health working group on structured education.