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Management of Diabetes in Hospital Clinical Areas

Course details

Conact name

Dee Parker, Course Coordinator


Warwick Medical SchoolThe University of WarwickCoventryCV4 7AL


The course is designed to meet the needs of qualified healthcare professionals who work regularly with people with diabetes in a hospital, for example: qualified nurses, junior doctors, chiropodists/podiatrists, therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, occupational therapists working in stroke units, midwives working in antenatal, delivery and post natal care settings and qualified staff working in day surgery and investigation suites.

Venue dates

Next start date: March 2015 (Online only).

Length and structure

Study session 1

  • Diabetes mellitus in the hospital environment
  • Classification and diagnosis of diabetes mellitus
  • Health policies/NHS initiatives in relation to diabetes care

Study session 2

  • Clinical Governance
  • Food in hospital
  • Oral therapies
  • Managing cardiovascular risk
  • Annual diabetes review

Study session 3

  • Insulin regimens
  • Devices and insulin infusions
  • Acute complications of diabetes

Study session 4

  • Long term complications
  • Nephropathy
  • Foot disease
  • Eye disease

Study session 5

  • Surgery
  • Clinical investigations
  • Blood glucose monitoring and urinalysis
  • End of life care

Study session 6

  • Care pathways
  • Sexual health
  • Special groups of people with diabetes
  • Oral hygiene

Type of study

The course is offered at Level 5 (FHEQ) and requires approximately 300 hours of study.

The course is run over nine months, with successful completion of assessments leading to the award of 30 CATS points at level 5 (FEHQ).

The online version does not require attendance at the university, but the student needs to be motivated to study independently.

Achievement assesed

Two formative assessments are undertaken, they are not formally marked, but are peer reviewed and provide the student with the opportunity of gaining skills/experience of producing work before undertaking the final (summative assessment).

The first assessment comprises of a case study and assessment of care. The second assessment requires the student to complete a practice development plan which then helps to form the basis of the final assessment. The final assessment also requires the student to reflect upon their own learning experience.

Successful completion of all three assessments lead to the Certificate in the Management of Diabetes in Hospital Clinical Areas.

Teaching methods

Advanced Leaders are trained by Warwick Medical School to deliver the course in their own locality. This tried and tested cascade approach, which utilises in-house expertise, ensures that the course is tailored to local needs.

In addition, local networking and relationship building can take place and importantly it allows the development of local care pathways to occur. The Course Leaders are supported by WMS and every course is quality assured by the Education Team.

An online course undertaken by individual healthcare professionals is now available where students study the course online at a time and place convenient to the individual.

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