PITstop patient handbook

Designed for people with type 2 diabetes who are considering / starting insulin. The handbook follows the PITstop insulin care pathway,supported by a PITstop-trained healthcare professional. Available to purchase in our shop

Insulin is part of the treatment pathway for people with Type 2 diabetes. It is often avoided for far too long, with people spending months or years with high blood glucose levels. No one wants to inject themselves, and it’s easy to say “let’s give it another three months and I’ll try harder”. If insulin is being discussed with you, your diabetes team have assessed the options available and are confident insulin is the most appropriate treatment for you. You need to be fully involved in the decision to start insulin because ultimately you are in charge on a day-to-day basis. This handbook has been designed to help you decide if insulin is right for you. It is also an educational guide for your first six months on insulin, so please bring it to each appointment. The programme involves six appointments (PITstops) with a qualified healthcare professional, over a six month period and you are encouraged to bring a family member, friend or carer, especially to the first two PITstops. The number of appointments may vary depending on the agreement reached between you and your PITstop team. Before your first appointment, please read the initial section and PITstop 1 and complete the activities that help shape the discussions with your PITstop team.

Anne Goodchild
Author of the PITstop handbook