Across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough we achieve good outcomes for measuring our patients with type 2 diabetes (8 care processes) but we do not perform well with our outcomes (3 Treatment Targets) and as a region we are requires improvement on the CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework.

It is an exciting time locally for diabetes. We have an active Diabetes and Obesity Clinical Community who are working with local clinicians to create a diabetes strategy which includes a focus on prevention; looking at standardising pathways such as the pathways for Pre-diabetes and newly diagnosed Type 2 patients; focusing on workforce development; and looking at evaluation to ensure we are able to effectively monitor our progress to determine that the changes we make are having a positive impact.

Within workforce development we are really excited to be able to offer fully funded places on the University of Essex Advanced Management of Diabetes module and Pharmacological Management of Diabetes – Initiating Therapy and Optimising Control module at either level 6 or 7. These places are open to any clinical profession working with Diabetes patients in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough.


The course will provide a range of learning opportunities, offering a mixture of taught sessions, shadow sessions within the specialist clinical areas and self-directed learning. Practitioners will build on current skills and knowledge to improve confidence to enable them to deliver safe, effective healthcare.

This module is offered at Level 6 (Undergraduate) or Level 7 (Postgraduate) for 15 credits. The level chosen will depend upon your previous academic experience and your role within the workplace. Please discuss this with your academic supervisor to determine which level would be most appropriate for you.


  1. Develop and extend your existing knowledge of diabetes management for the care of people with diabetes.
  2. Understand the importance of monitoring of the diabetes care processes and promoting self-management through goal setting and care planning.
  3. Explore and discuss the value of team working in diabetes care within your own practice and within the multidisciplinary team.
  4. Recognise the importance of interpersonal and effective communication skills in relationships with people with diabetes and their families.



Understanding Diabetes

  • Physiology of diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease and Diabetes
  • Obesity and diabetes
  • Research – evidence NICE demographics
  • Audit and service delivery
  • Complications of Diabetes
  • Additional areas – special groups – Transitional care, Pregnancy/Gestational Diabetes, Sexual health, Role of Diabetes UK and Patient Forums, Admission to hospital

Management of Diabetes

  • Behavioural change
  • Living with Insulin
  • Management & prevention of hypo/hyperglycemia
  • Blood Glucose monitoring

Nutrition & diet

  • Carbohydrate awareness
  • Carbohydrate counting

Pharmacological Management of Diabetes

  • Prescribing Nice guidance/Local guidance/ Evidence based medicine
  • Treatment options
  • Oral medication
  • Insulin and GLP-1 (injectable) management
  • Optimization of control


Students commencing this module will:

  • be practising professionals
  • be familiar with, and able to undertake, self directed study
  • bring to the course a wealth of practical experience in diabetes management
  • Students must be working in an area of healthcare (for at least 15 hours per week) where management of diabetes is being provided for people under their care.

Opportunities to observe and participate in diabetic management practice should be identified prior to commencing the module to ensure the practice assessments are able to be achieved.

A diabetes practitioner, with relevant training and experience who is willing to act as the student’s practice supervisor must be identified prior to commencing the module. Completion of the Practice Supervision Agreement form will be required before entry onto the module will be permitted.

Application Process

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  4. Closing Date for applications: Friday 29th November 2019