Continuing Professional Development

Pharmacological management of diabetes - initiating and optimising control - Level 7


The details
Pharmacological management of diabetes - initiating and optimising control
15 credits
Level 7
No date available

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 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.

The module is suitable for general practitioners, practice nurses and pharmacists where insulin or GLP-1 initiation is required.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Critically evaluate clinical investigations and the data they produce to monitor glycaemic control, in order to predict risk and plan appropriate interventions, (including insulin and GLP1 initiation)
  • Critically evaluate and synthesise available and contemporary evidence in order to develop diabetes management plans that include the initiation of insulin or GLP1 medication, ensuring they are person-centred, and that they optimise glycaemic control
  • Analyse and engage in effective communication and motivational techniques to agree goals and enhance glycaemic control in complex cases
  • Advise, initiate, and titrate insulin and GLP-1 medications through critical evaluation and 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.

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." - Teresa, 2017.

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 with a role to initiate or optimise Insulin or GLP-1 medications.

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

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.

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.

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 - initiating therapy and optimising control
  • initiation competency - a record where you have identified eight patients requiring change or alteration of glycaemic control medication of which four must be insulin initiation, two GLP-1 medication and two oral medications.

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