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New online diabetes programme launched for healthcare professionals

A new e-learning programme has been launched today to ensure healthcare professionals have easy access to the latest information and guidance on diabetes.

Developed by Diabetes UK and Bupa,Diabetes in Healthcareis the first free e-learning programme designed for healthcare professionals that provides a broad overview of diabetes care.

Information and guidance for healthcare professsionals

More than five per cent of people in the UK now have diabetes, and this figure is rising. This course has been designed because diabetes is a complex condition, but much of the healthcare for people living with diabetes is given by generalist healthcare professionals. Everyone working in a general health setting needs access to the necessary up-to-date information on diabetes to ensure those living with the condition receive the right advice and care.

Developed by clinicians and diabetes specialists, the programme includes information and guidance on:

  • how the condition should be diagnosed, treated and monitored
  • how to care for patients with diabetes effectively
  • the risk factors and potential health complications associated with diabetes
  • how to recognise patients at risk of diabetes-related health complications and how to support them to reduce their risk of those complications.

The e-learning programme has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and counts towards ongoing professional development.

"All healthcare professionals need to know about diabetes"

Barbara Young, Chief Executive Diabetes UK said, "We understand that healthcare professionals cannot specialise in everything, but the rising number of people developing diabetes in the UK means that all healthcare professionals, from practice nurses to occupational health workers, need to know about the condition, particularly the similarities and the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

"We hope Diabetes in Healthcare can provide the most up-to-date diabetes information and help ensure people with diabetes receive good-quality care from all healthcare professionals."

Access to up-to-date information

Paula Franklin, UK Medical Director, Bupa, said, "The number of people with diabetes continues to rise, with five million people predicted to have the condition by 2025. We know that having access to all the necessary up-to-date information at the right time can be difficult. With the launch of our new e-learning programme we hope that everyone caring for people with diabetes can access the information they need and enable those living with the condition to make the best decisions."

Continuing professional development requirements

Amanda Cheesley, Long Term Conditions Adviser at the Royal College of Nursing, said, "Healthcare professionals completing the Diabetes in Healthcare course can use it towards their continuing professional development requirements. And the training they receive via Diabetes in Healthcare can form part of their NHS KSF (Knowledge and Skills Framework) or be a foundation for any healthcare professional who may want to go on to specialise in diabetes later in their career."

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