Where should I start?

CDEP currently offers 19 topics. People may start wherever they choose as there is no particular order that needs to be followed. If in doubt… start at the top with ‘Structured diabetes education’- it’s a great way to familiarise yourself with CDEP!

CDEP is designed to be done in ‘bite-sized chunks’. Just log in when and where you can and do a few competencies within a topic – one can take as little a minute to do.  Once a competency is finished, it will automatically be saved, so none of your work will be lost if you dip in and out!

CDEP Topics

  • Structured diabetes education
  • Promoting self-care
  • Mental health and diabetes
  • What is diabetes
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Hyperglycaemia
  • Oral Therapies
  • Injectable Therapies
  • Foot Care
  • Nutrition
  • Blood glucose and ketone monitoring
  • Pre-conception care
  • Screening, prevention & early detection of type 2 diabetes
  • Nutrition & Physical Activity (intermediate level & above)
  • Managing diabetes in hospital
  • Hospital Hypos
  • Safe use of insulin in hospital
  • Safe use of insulin in the community
  • Managing diabetes in residential or nursing home care
  • Carbohydrate counting and insulin injection dose adjustment (diabetes specialist level and above)

Topics are filtered according to your role and area you work in to offer you the most essential first with the others available for ongoing CPD.

What CDEP level should I register at?

CDEP has 5 levels (as per the UK diabetes competency framework)…

  • Core – the minimum level for staff who have any contact with people living with diabetes. Ideal for HCAs, receptionists, students, psychologists, care workers, etc.
  • Intermediate – perfect for staff who are not primarily responsible for supporting people manage their diabetes, but their role may impact on care e.g. practice nurses, GPs, paramedics, ward/care home/mental health/prison staff, HCAs trained to deliver enhanced diabetes care, podiatrists (not working in diabetes foot clinics), physiotherapists, midwives, pharmacists, etc.
  • Diabetes Specialist – ideal for staff responsible for delivering the majority of diabetes care in their setting or for staff starting to specialise in supporting complex diabetes care e.g. practice nurse, GPs, dietitians, junior DSNs, diabetes link nurses, diabetes podiatrists / midwives / pharmacists, etc.
  • Diabetes Expert – this level is for staff delivering intensive care to complex diabetes cases or delivering diabetes specialist support to other staff.
  • Diabetes Consultant – Suitable for staff delivering complex specialist diabetes care as well as responsible for workforce / business planning and diabetes clinical strategy in their region.

Once you have chosen a level, CDEP offers you all the topics and competencies that are appropriate for that level. Don’t worry if you choose the wrong level, you can easily change your level in the ‘my account’ section on the website.

How to access:

  • Click Book Now to receive a code that will give you free access
  • You should receive this within 2 working days.