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Certificate in diabetes care – Warwick Medical School

Course details

Name

Dee Parker for the Onsite courses held at Warwick University and the Online variant andMarie Atkins for the Distance Delivery variant that is run via your local LHB/PCT

Address

Warwick Medical SchoolUniversity of WarwickCoventry CV4 7AL

Email:d.parker.1@warwick.ac.uk– Onsite and Online courses;marie.atkins@warwick.ac.uk– Distance Delivery (via local area) coursesTel: 02476 574799

Course requirements

Healthcare professionals need to be working in a clinical setting and working with people who have diabetes mellitus to undertake this course as the assessment process involves a case study, a clinical audit and a project to implement a change in practice. They also need to hold a recognised health-related qualification (registered nurse/dietitian/podiatrist/doctor/pharmacist).

Prospective students should have a basic knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • Classification and diagnosis of diabetes mellitus.
  • Signs and symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Treatment options including oral agents and insulin therapy
  • Prevention and screening for diabetes related complications.

Students may also wish to consult the current guidelines found on the NICE and SIGN web pages.

Aims

During the programme, we expect that you will:

  • develop, extend and enrich your existing knowledge about diabetes and the care of people with diabetes, adapting your professional practice to all you have learnt
  • take the opportunity to explore existing attitudes and beliefs in the practice of diabetes care.
  • explore and discuss the value of team working in diabetes care
  • recognise the importance of interpersonal and effective communication skills in relationships with people with diabetes, family members/carers and colleagues in the delivery of diabetes care
  • understand how you learn and how you apply your learning to your professional practice
  • extend your network of people working in diabetes care, to share experiences, to have fun and develop supportive relationships, and achieve an accredited qualification in diabetes care from The University of Warwick.

Venue

Warwick Medical SchoolThe University of WarwickCoventryCV4 7AL

Length

To enable students to combine work and study, the course is undertaken over nine months and comprises of five or six days of supported study sessions (approximately 300 hours of study) which includes, work-based learning, practical experience and self-directed learning.

The study days take place over the first six months during which you will take an active role with opportunities to share experiences and practice with others on the programme. Learning outcomes are set for each part of the course. The study sessions encompass 36 face-to-face study hours (except the e-learning course) and in addition you will undertake self-directed learning. A CIDC course workbook and resources are provided at the first session.

Costs

£820 per person for the Onsite and Online variant. Please note that prices may change: please contact Warwick Medical School for up-to-date prices.

Type of study

There are three study options available:

  • Attend the five study days at Warwick Medical School, The University of Warwick in Coventry. The courses are held regularly throughout the year with start dates in January, March, May and October. The study days usually run from 9.30am–4.30pm.
  • Study at your own pace online. Start dates are April and October. The benefits of this method include; online tutor support, excellent online library resources, work flexibly to fit with your clinical workload.
  • In your local area. If your PCT/LHB is running the CIDC it will be advertised locally. For information about the availability of courses in your area, please contact your local Primary Care Organisation diabetes lead. The local delivery model involves preparing your local diabetes specialists (e.g. Diabetes Specialist Nurses, doctors, dietitians, podiatrists, etc.) to be Advanced Leaders and to facilitate and deliver the courses in your locality. If your PCT is interested in starting a course in the local area, please contact us.

Entry criteria

The course meets the educational needs of all healthcare professionals with an interest in diabetes care. This includes GPs, nurses, doctors, diabetes nurse specialists, pharmacists, dietitians, optometrists and chiropodists. Other suitably qualified and experienced applicants may be accepted on the course at the discretion of the CIDC Course Director.

Care Organisation diabetes lead. The local delivery model involves preparing your local diabetes specialists (e.g. Diabetes Specialist Nurses, doctors, dietitians, podiatrists, etc.) to be Advanced Leaders and to facilitate and deliver the courses in your locality. If your PCT is interested in starting a course in the local area please contact us.

Places available

  • 25 on site
  • 50 online
  • 25 in local areas

Achievement assessed

The CIDC is assessed and accredited by The University of Warwick to provide 30 CATS points at Level 5 (FHEQ), degree level is level 6.

30 CATS points equates to approximately 300 hours of study, therefore, face-to-face teaching forms only a small part of the study time. Participants undertake four pieces of coursework:

  • anatomy and physiology pre-course reading
  • case study
  • audit of care
  • written project of approx 3,000 words

Teaching methods

To enable students to combine work and study, the course is undertaken over nine months and comprises:

  • five or six days of supported study sessions (or equivalent online sessions)
  • work-based learning
  • practical experience
  • self-directed learning

The taught study days take place over the first six months of the course during which time students will be encouraged to take an active role in their own learning and have the opportunity to share experiences and practice with tutors and fellow students. A great deal of learning takes place within small group setting and active learning is encouraged by the exchange of knowledge/information/experience between students.

Many topics will be covered including: The diagnosis and classification of diabetes mellitus, lifestyle changes, long term complications, acute complications and treatment options.

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