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PITstop is aimed at Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) wanting to invest in a training course to up skill the local workforce with the advanced skills necessary to provide an enhanced level of service in primary care.
The course focus' on the practical aspects of initiating and supporting people with Type 2 Diabetes on more complex medication regimens, including injectable therapies.
The course is accredited by Greenwich University and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), 15 credits at level 5 (diploma), and is independently managed by the National PITstop team.
PITstop can be brought to your local area in two ways:
- The national training team come and deliver the training
- Two or more members of the local specialist team attend a "train the trainer" course and deliver PITstop to their local primary care workforce. They are observed during their first course by the national team.
The taught days are held in a venue chosen by the local provider.
Train the trainer courses run at least twice a year.
The course involves 2.5 taught days (two initial days followed by a half-day four months later). The 15 university credits require 150 hours of study, mainly spent completing the practice-based learning requirements.
Please contact the PITstop team for more information about the cost of both training options.
Type of Study
Attendance plus practice-based learning with mentor support.
Primary Care healthcare professionals who have:
- at least one year’s experience of providing support to people with Type 2 diabetes;
- and have either worked with a Diabetes Specialist Team, hold a foundation level certificate in diabetes or (if they are a General Practitioner) have evidence of continuing professional development in the field of diabetes.
- Full attendance of the taught days
- 1,500 word reflective report based on one of the four insulin or two GLP-1 starts
- Evidence of completing the practice-based learning requirements
- A competency assessment (based on skills for health competencies) completed with the student's mentor.
To enable students to combine work and study, the course is undertaken over twelve months and comprises:
- taught study days involving a variety of adult-based learning methods, focusing on small group activity work
- practice-based learning
- self-directed learning.