Continuing Professional Development

Pharmacological Management of Diabetes – Optimising Control


The details
Pharmacological management of diabetes - optimising control
15 credits
Level 6
30 September 2021

This module is aimed at health professionals providing clinical services to patients with diabetes in Primary Care, the community and in the hospital setting. It is an innovative multi-professional qualification which has been jointly developed by North East Essex Diabetes Specialist Team and the University of Essex.

Over the course of the module you will gain in-depth and up to date information on diabetes, how risks can be identified and predicted and how it can be controlled. You will develop skills relevant to the care of diabetic patients such as the creation of diabetes management plans along with communication and motivational techniques to help support them effectively and compassionately.

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

Learning outcomes

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

  • Interpret data from clinical investigations to monitor glycaemic control, predict risk and plan appropriate interventions.
  • Develop person-centred, evidence based, diabetes management plans to optimise glycaemic control.
  • Engage effective communication and motivational techniques to agree goals and enhance glycaemic control.
  • Advise and titrate insulin and GLP-1 medications through application of national and local policy, recommendations and current research to improve glycaemic control.

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: - have completed HS643 or equivalent accredited Diabetes Management course - 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. 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. 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.

A range of learning and teaching methods are utilised in this module, including: - lectures - group work - self-directed study - personal and group tutorials - role shadowing and observed practice Further learning materials and activities are available through our online learning tool, Moodle.

Assessment strategy

You are assessed in your ability to perform safe and evidence-based diabetes management. Your portfolio must include: - practice supervision agreement, interim report,and final report - competency assessment, pharmacological management of diabetes -optimising control - a record of where you have identified eight patients who do not meet current NICE recommended cardiovascular risk standards (glycaemic control, lipids or blood pressure) and have made recommendations for a change to improve control (100 per cent weighting).

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

If you require further details about this module, including future course dates, please email