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Diabetes courses for healthcare professionals

Our series of online courses - Diabetes UK CPD - are an essential for healthcare professionals. We know that having the confidence, skills and resources to help people to manage life with diabetes is a huge asset if you’re a primary healthcare professional. It means building trust with the healthcare system and building confidence in managing their diabetes.

Diabetes UK Continuing Professional Development (Diabetes UK CPD)

This free introductory diabetes education online tool for primary care. This module will support non specialist healthcare professionals working with adults living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes covering the basics of diabetes as well as emotional wellbeing. Accredited by the Royal College of Nursing, it supports professional development (CPD).

We have also 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 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.

Leadership programmes at Diabetes UK

A two year programme aimed at furthering your personal development. This programme will take you to the next level by enhancing your leadership capacity and relationship building skills to transform care across the system. 

Our Discovering Leadership programme is for those beginning their leadership journey. You will explore what leadership means to you and begin building your confidence and capacity to lead change.


Postgraduate Diabetes Courses

This MSc covers hormonal processes, and gives insights into pathophysiology and management of endocrine conditions and diabetes.

This course is designed to equip healthcare professionals with advanced practical skills for diabetes clinical care and management

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, 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.

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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