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.

Overview

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. This will include teaching and assessment of health promotion in relation to Management of established oral medication, Insulin and GLP-1 therapies in Diabetes Management AND Insulin and GLP-1 therapy initiation. 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 (Post graduate) 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.

Aims

  1. To build on existing knowledge of diabetes management.
  2. To identify when patients require a change or titration of medication to improve clinical outcomes and reduce CVD risk.
  3. To gain confidence and competence in the initiation of medication including insulin and GLP-I injectable therapies.

Content

Management of Diabetes

  • Behavioural change
  • Living with Insulin

Nutrition/Diet/Carbohydrate awareness

  • Carbohydrate counting

Pharmacological Management of Diabetes

  • Nice guidance/Local guidance
  • Evidence based medicine – Insulin and GLP-1 (injectable) management
  • Insulin, action profiles and titration
  • Injection technique and delivery devices
  • Support Structures
  • Identifying patients, requiring insulin
  • Choosing an insulin
  • Optimization of control
  • Management & prevention of hypo/hyperglycaemia
  • Blood Glucose monitoring

Pre-Requisites

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.
  • have completed the Advanced Diabetes Management Course.

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:

  1. Click Book Now to register interest.
  2. Fill in the form below.
  3. Return the form to candptraininghub@nhs.net.
  4. Closing Date for applications: 09th March 2020