Introduction to Diabetes (2 day)

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Event Series Event Series: Introduction to Diabetes (2 day)

Introduction to Diabetes (2 day)

October 5 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

£195 – £240

This Training is a 2-day event on 5th & 12th October 2023.

This workshop is suitable for: Nurses and other suitable Health Care Professionals and HCAs / HCSWs.


These Introduction days are for nurses, other HPs and HCAs who have started to see patients with diabetes and are new or fairly new to the area of diabetes care.  The programme moves you through from basic knowledge of the subject to a more positive and confident review of patients.  The focus is on adults with Type 2 diabetes although key recommendations and signposting for patients with Type 1 diabetes will also be covered.

Diabetes costs the NHS £10 billion each year and often comes at significant personal cost to patients and their families.  Primary care bears the brunt of ever-increasing numbers of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and the importance of good diabetes care in general practice cannot be over emphasised.  It remains a focus of the national and local policy and is supported by robust NICE guidance.

The days will be interactive and include various methods of learning, including case studies.

Key Learning Outcomes for both days

The student will be able to: 

  • Explain the physiology of diabetes and differences between Type 1 and 2 diabetes
  • Discuss the methods of diagnosing diabetes and providing information to those with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes
  • Explain the approaches that support achieving remission in Type 2 diabetes
  • Describe the basic advice provided around healthy diet, various dietary approaches and carbohydrate awareness
  • Discuss the modes of actions, indications, contraindications and cautions of the most commonly used non-insulin medications
  • Name the major complications that may arise in people with a long duration of diabetes and measures that may limit or prevent them
  • Describe the key advice to patients about recognition and appropriate treatment of hypoglycaemia
  • Discuss the DVLA advice about driving and diabetes
  • Explain the risks of acute hyperglycaemia and advice to patients on how to self-manage periods of illness
  • Provide examples of referral pathways to other services e.g., weight management, secondary care, podiatry, structured education, activity and psychological services etc
  • Describe the process of routine foot review and factors that lead to diabetic foot risk status
  • Discuss local recommendations for appropriate use of blood glucose and ketone monitoring
  • Explain the key components and process of an annual diabetes review and a self-management plan

To demonstrate foundation level competency in diabetes, attendees will also be required to work with a Clinical Supervisor and undertake the following:

 The Clinical Supervisor is not required to attend, relevant information will be provided to them.


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