Continuing Professional Development

Advanced Management of Diabetes


The details
Advanced management of diabetes
15 credits
Level 7
22 September 2021

This module is an innovative multi-professional qualification which has been jointly developed by North East Essex Diabetes Specialist Team and the University of Essex. The module forms the basis of diabetes management which promotes individualised proactive care of people with diabetes incorporating prevention of complications and promoting of self-care strategies.

The subjects are specifically aimed to meet the learning needs of those providing clinical services to patients with diabetes in primary care, the community and in the hospital setting. On completion of this module students will have the opportunity to enrol in the Advanced Management of Diabetes initiation or optimisation of insulin and GLP-1 therapies (642/1).

The module is suitable for general practitioners, practice nurses, community nurses, ward nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals.

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.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate and appropriately use diagnostic criteria.
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of national and local demographics of diabetes.
  • Apply the principles of self-care and goal setting for a complex patient with diabetes-related complications using structured education and behaviour change methods.
  • Demonstrate an ability to synthesise and evaluate the evidence base to make sound judgements regarding treatment and patient management options.
  • Confidently and competently support, and effectively treat complex patients with diabetes utilising, where appropriate, local and specialist services with timely referrals.
  • Make a significant contribution to (and establish where necessary) networks to share knowledge and peer support.

Our expert staff

Our module facilitators are Diabetes Specialist Nurses with many years of experience, we also draw up on clinical expertise within the fields of the specialism in local areas to discuss their subject area.

Louise Roberts - Nurse Consultant for North East Essex Diabetes Service. Substantial experience of Practice Nursing specialising in diabetes. Post graduate training with Anglia Ruskin University and Warwick University to initiate and optimise insulin. I have been teaching in the University of Essex for the last 4 years. My ambition is to continue to share this wealth of knowledge to assist the diabetes population and share best practice.

Catherine Walsh - Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse with over 14 years’ experience in diabetes care including acute diabetes care, General Practice and community specialist diabetes care. Trained and accredited educator for Type 1 DAFNE and Type 2 DESMOND education.

Sheila Smyth - Diabetes Nurse Consultant. I have specialised in diabetes for 18 years. A DAFNE Educator with a passion for staff and service development. My role involves being a visiting fellow with the University of Essex and have developed and established diabetes courses and workshops which have been delivered across Essex which has resulted in my QIC award of Educator of the Year (2018).

What our participants say

"The course helped me establish friendships and peer support from other local PN’s working in diabetes. I was well supported throughout the course and able to develop my confidence and competence in diabetes management."

Entry Requirements

You may apply for this module if you: - are a practising professional - are familiar with, and able to undertake, self-directed study - bring to the course a wealth of practical experience in diabetes management; and - are working in an area of healthcare (for at least 15 hours per week) where management of diabetes is being provided for people under your 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 trained diabetes practitioner, with relevant training and experience who is willing to act as your practice supervisor must be identified prior to commencing the module. Completion of the practice supervision agreement form is required before entry onto the module is permitted. You are required to have a person act as your practice supervisor. They must be suitably qualified and experienced in diabetes practice and the mentorship / supervision of colleagues. Although not exhaustive the list below would provide sufficient indication of a person’s suitability for this role: - Currently works in a field of practice that specialises in diabetes, e.g. GP specialist in diabetes, nurse consultant in diabetes, diabetes nurse specialist (who has undergone further training in diabetes practice), Novo / Sanofi diabetes nurse facilitators. - Holds a mentorship / clinical supervision/clinical educators or teaching qualification. The level and co-requisite module chosen will depend upon your previous academic experience, current role and expectations within your workplace. Please discuss this with the module lead before applying to determine which level and module combination would be most appropriate for you. Please discuss the above with the module leader if you are unsure that you can meet the above pre-requisites for this course.


Module Outline

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

This module is completed over a two-term (six month) period. Taught sessions will take place over a period of four months, totalling on average five full days.

Two further days of observed practice are provided in the final three months of the programme as you prepare for and complete the assessment requirements for this module.

Assessment strategy

Learning and skills development activities are issued to help you achieve the module learning outcomes and national benchmark standards for diabetes management practice. Achievement of the learning outcomes for this module are assessed by a portfolio. You are assessed in your ability to perform safe and evidence-based diabetes management through written work and observed practice.

Fees and funding

Our CPD Funding page has more information on fees for our modules and potential funding sources.

What's next

We have guidance on making your application and the forms to download on our how to apply page.

Get in touch

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