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Diabetes courses for healthcare professionals

We have compiled a list of diabetes courses that are relevant to healthcare professionals working in diabetes care in any capacity.

    Short courses at Diabetes UK

    A free introductory diabetes education online tool for healthcare professional. Accredited by the Royal College of Nursing, it supports continuing professional development (CPD).

    A one-day course providing essential knowledge and skills for all diabetes healthcare professionals in primary care to enable effective and efficient management of people with type 2 diabetes.

    Online module highlighting the signs and symptoms of certain cancers that people with diabetes may be at risk of, to encourage early diagnosis via case based learning.

    Leadership programmes at Diabetes UK

    A two-year leadership development programme that will provide you with the personal and professional development required to drive change across your local health system. The programme is open to all diabetes specialists who are keen to develop their leadership skills and are passionate about improving care across the whole diabetes pathway.

    Our Discovering Leadership courses offer all professionals working in diabetes a transformational learning experience that gives them the confidence and direction to take action to improve care and services. The course is designed for those wishing to discover what leadership can do for them, their teams and people affected by diabetes.

    This course is aimed at experienced practicing pharmacists with the ambitions and ability to improve diabetes care and deliver evidence based change. It will be an opportunity to identify potential gaps in diabetes care in the pharmacy space, find both barriers and solutions to improving care, and network with colleagues from across the country.

    Postgraduate Diabetes Courses

    A wide range of courses aimed to give healthcare professionals the necessary knowledge and skills to provide high quality care to people with diabetes.

    A range of course options including MSc Diabetes, individual modules, clinical attachment schemes and bespoke workshops.

    A multi-professional course to advance skills and knowledge of diabetes.

    A range of course options including courses in Advanced Management of diabetes and Pharmacological management of diabetes.

    Designed for health and social care professionals in the UK this course is delivered online. Advanced diabetes is offered as a specialised module.

    Postgraduate options include MSc Diabetes, PGD Diabetes, MSc or PGD in Obesity and Weight Management.

    This course can be modified to suit individual needs for MSc, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Certificate (PGCert) or shorter CPD courses.

    The distance learning MSc is designed both as a complete curriculum for new entrants or as an update and extension for those already in it.

    This is a new flexible distance learning programme, structured to fit around your busy working life. The multi-disciplinary curriculum will combine distance online learning with practical skills delivered in two five-day residential workshops. This unique programme, designed with the needs of future diabetes specialist nurses in mind, will provide the student with fundamental and advanced knowledge in clinical skills, experience and professional behaviour, and will address knowledge gaps in order to address the health and care needs of people with diabetes. The student will also gain a comprehensive understanding of diabetes treatments, technologies and different situations which can affect management of the condition. This Masters programme will give the student an in-depth knowledge of diabetes care to potentially enhance their prospects for career progression.

    This course is designed for primary care healthcare professionals to develop their knowledge of the current best practice in diabetes diagnosis and management. Areas of study include diabetes management, insulin administration and quality improvement, and clinical education is supplemented with learning in a policy and organisation context to support healthcare professionals to inform best practice and service improvements.

    Short courses

    This distance learning module runs over 2–5 months and has been developed to support healthcare professionals who wish to specialise in diabetes from either a primary or secondary care background. Distance learning gives you the flexibility to fit study around existing work commitments and enhance your career prospects without having to leave employment.

    It combines the most topical thinking around clinical care and research in adults with practical examples of how novel research and evidence-based diabetes care can be applied in real life, clinical settings. You will become part of the Distance Learning Diabetes Community providing the opportunity for networking and sharing best practice.

    A comprehensive training package to up-skill healthcare professionals to provide high levels of diabetes care, and reduce hospital admissions and referrals to specialist care.

    University of Southampton in collaboration with the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust adult diabetes team are offering a free online course – MOOC for healthcare professionals and patients. This course aims to improve knowledge on how insulin works and further promote its safe and effective use in the clinical setting.

    • Diabetic Foot Module

    A five-day course for Healthcare Professionals and Podiatrists who are HCPC registered and are working or wish to work in specialist multidisciplinary diabetic clinics or part of an extended team. The Diabetic Foot Module has existed for 32 years and is accepted as a leading course in the UK for Podiatrists specialising in Diabetes healthcare. For more details please contact Mr Christopher Hunt at

    This course is an advanced diabetes course for primary care healthcare professionals, accredited with the University of Greenwich at diploma level (15 credits) and also credit-rated by the RCGP.

    This course provides health professionals with the latest approaches in the management of diabetes mellitus. The part-time course emphasises transferable skills with relation to your continuing professional development.

    A range of support and training options to enable new communities to introduce and sustain the key elements of the Year of Care house.

    Successful Diabetes offer a range of workshops to enhance the skills and confidence in implementing and providing diabetes self-management education for children, young people or adults.


    To support healthcare professionals in Primary Care and those returning to practice during the coronavirus pandemic, RCGP have made all of their eLearning content free to access until 30 June 2020.

    Access free modules focusing on new and emerging GLP-1 RA therapy with leading international experts.

    Module 1 and 2 - Professor Melanie Davies, Professor Kamlesh Khunti and Dr Sam Seidu: 

    1. Positioning GLP-1 RA agonist in the management of people with type 2 diabetes
    2. Practical aspects of initiation and titrations of GLP-1 RA and their combinations with other glucose lowering therapies (released June) 

    A third module, "Innovations in GLP-1 RA's" will be released in October.

    This module educates how to reduce insulin errors in clinical practice. PCDS (Primary Care Diabetes Society) have come together with TREND-UK (Training Research and Education for Nurses in Diabetes) to provide this education in an endorsed insulin safety module.

    Courses range from workshops for nurses new to primary care or to diabetes, through Level 5 and 6 accredited modules, all focused on boosting diabetes knowledge.

    A range of online courses covering various aspects of obesity management. Qualifications range from MSc to CPD.

    Endorsed by Diabetes UK, the British Dietetics Association and the Cambridge University Health Partnership, CDEP is a competency-based online diabetes learning tool that supports all levels of healthcare practitioners demonstrate their diabetes knowledge and skills.

    Two webinars on Diabetes UK’s 2018 nutrition guidelines for the prevention and management of diabetes. Topics will include Food choices for the management of weight and blood glucose in diabetes, as well as a second webinar on the management of blood pressure, lipids and risk of cardiovascular diseases. The webinars will take place in September and November respectively.

    Paediatric courses

    Specialist course delivered in partnership with the Paediatric Group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). Provides opportunity to develop as an evidence-based practitioner with advanced skills in clinical reasoning, critical appraisal, problem solving and leadership.

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