Diabetes CPD by distance learning, 2-4 months

Start date:

2019

This is for you if... you want the flexibility of studying by distance learning whilst expanding your knowledge, skills and confidence in diabetes care to improve outcomes in patient care and personal career progression.

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Health Sciences

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Course description

Course description

The world prevalence of diabetes amongst adults is increasing year-on-year making diabetes care one of the biggest medical challenges faced by health care professionals globally. This rising epidemic has increased the demand for services from personnel trained to deliver high quality care.

The Leicester Diabetes Centre now forms one of the largest facilities in Europe for conducting first class clinical research, dynamic clinical services and teaching in diabetes. On this distance learning course you will benefit from the specialist knowledge of the experienced and high profile academic staff from the Centre and the University of Leicester. The ongoing research published by the Leicester Diabetes Centre ensures that all the online materials you use will be relevant and up to date.

These short courses combine 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.

These courses will equip you with the knowledge, confidence and skills to specialise in diabetes care. You will become part of the Distance Learning Diabetes Community providing the opportunity for networking and sharing best practice.

Distance learning gives you the flexibility to fit study around existing work commitments and enhance your career prospects without having to leave employment. These courses are ideal for healthcare professionals who wish to specialise in diabetes from either a primary or secondary care background.

NB. The courses in 'Glycaemic Management' and 'Diabetes Complications' last four months and are worth 30 credits. The other courses run for two months and are worth 15 credits.

Each of these short courses is a module within our MSc in Diabetes by distance learning. You can only take one course at a time, up to a maximum of 60 credits. These credits can be used as APL if you decide to take the full degree (60 credits if you study for an MSc or PGDip, 30 credits if you study for a PGCert).

We also offer a range of Diabetes modules taught on campus and a campus-based MSc.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • Second class honours degree (or equivalent)
  • Plus qualified professional status in medicine, nursing or other recognised healthcare profession
  • Plus at least two years' professional experience in a health or social care setting, preferably in the field of diabetes.

Because applications are treated on an individual basis, candidates with alternative qualifications and evidence of being able to study at a Masters degree level may be considered.

You must be able to demonstrate relevant experience in diabetes, whether through a written personal statement, a formal interview and/or references.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

The courses in 'Glycaemic Management' and 'Diabetes Complications' last four months and cost £1,550 each.

The other courses run for two months and cost £775 each.

Find out more about how to pay.

International Students

The courses in 'Glycaemic Management' and 'Diabetes Complications' last four months and cost £1,550 each.

The other courses run for two months and cost £775 each.

Find out more about how to pay.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Studying with the University of Leicester gives a clear signal to employers. It demonstrates that you have the spark, ambition and commitment to take your career to the next level. Your current employer will also benefit directly from your newly acquired understanding and capabilities.

Whether you're an employee looking to get ahead or an employer keen to develop the capabilities of your workforce, studying a short course with us will bring the resources of a leading University to your organisation.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Glycaemic Management

Glycaemic Management

This four-month course covers the key components of diabetes management and has been specifically developed to provide the student with a good understanding of all the current and latest therapeutic developments.

Topics covered

  • Pathophysiology of diabetes.
  • Clinical presentation, classification and diagnosis of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • Current and future oral and injectable treatments for the glycaemic management of diabetes (including preconception, pregnancy and weight loss interventions).
  • Principles of self-management and its relevance to the management of diabetes.
  • Lifestyle treatment options for people with diabetes.
  • Diabetes management in special groups and circumstances.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Self-management and Lifestyle Behaviour Change

Self-management and Lifestyle Behaviour Change

Supporting someone with diabetes to become a successful self-manager is critical to good outcomes, whether clinical, psychological or emotional. The aim of this two-month course is to help the student to develop skills to support self-care in people with diabetes and other long term conditions.

Topics covered

  • Critical appraisal of published research in the field of self-management (including structured self-management education programmes), evaluating application to other cultural/geographical contexts.
  • Exploration of how self-management interventions are influenced by published research and national health policies.
  • The philosophy that informs self-management interventions.
  • Use of psychological/learning theories to underpin the development of self-management interventions.
  • Identification of skills and abilities associated with delivering structured self-management education programmes (with specific reference to: eliciting health beliefs; effective behaviour change planning and goal setting; active listening).
  • Exploration of ways to develop, achieve and maintain competency.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Advanced Injectable Therapies

Advanced Injectable Therapies

This two-month course aims to meet the needs of health care professionals who would like to advance their knowledge and confidence in both initiating and managing injectable therapies. The course covers practical skills but is also grounded in the latest evidence-based medicine.

Topics covered

  • Education and self-management needs of people with diabetes who are being treated with an injectable therapy.
  • Identification of when and how to initiate, adjust, change and combine injectable therapy regimens according to age, diagnosis, license, published evidence and individual circumstances.
  • Exploration of the potential psychological impact of injectable therapy and how support can be offered to a person with diabetes.
  • Reflection upon the advanced skills and abilities related to practical aspects of injectable therapies, including initiation of injectables, self-monitoring (including CGMS) and choice of devices plus an awareness of the guidance around insulin pump therapy.
  • The impact of food choices, weight management and physical activity when managing a person on injectable therapies.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Prevention, Obesity and Diabetes

Prevention, Obesity and Diabetes

This two-month course is suited to healthcare professionals or others with an interest in obesity and prevention of type 2 diabetes. It will give insight into the complex link between obesity and health, specifically in relation to type 2 diabetes. The course will also provide insight into screening and detection methods for obesity and type 2 diabetes and will consider the evidence base to both prevent and manage these conditions at both an individual and a population level.

Topics covered

  • Environmental and societal factors that have contributed to the current global epidemic of obesity and diabetes.
  • Critical appraisal of currently available national and international risk tools and screening programmes for diabetes.
  • Individual management plans and management options for obesity, including diet, activity, pharmacotherapy, surgery and psychological approaches.
  • Critical appraisal of the evidence in relation to the role of lifestyle factors (i.e. physical activity, sedentary behaviour, weight loss and diet) in the prevention of diabetes.
  • National and local initiatives for obesity prevention and management.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Diabetes: Complications

Diabetes: Complications

This four-month course provides an in-depth overview of the complications associated with diabetes to equip the student with the knowledge and confidence to advise and support people with these conditions.

Topics covered

  • Current screening, assessment and treatment of the microvascular and macrovascular complications associated with diabetes.
  • Psychological implications of diabetes and its complications.
  • Treatment for acute complications of diabetes (e.g. HHS and DKA).
  • Self-management and its use for treating the complications of diabetes.
  • The annual review process for diabetes.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Key dates

Self-management and Lifestyle Behaviour Change

Start date: 14 January 2019
Application deadline for January 2019: 7 January 2019

Advanced Injectable Therapies

Start date: 14 January 2019
Application deadline for January 2019: 7 January 2019

Prevention, Obesity and Diabetes

Start date: 11 March 2019
Application deadline for March 2019: 4 March 2019

Diabetes: Complications

Start date: 27 May 2019
Application deadline for May 2019: 20 May 2019

Glycaemic Management

Start date: TBC
Application deadline for October 2019: TBC

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Course Glycaemic Management Qualification CPD Duration 4 months Start Dates October 2018 Availability Apply Now
Course Self-management and Lifestyle Behaviour Change Qualification CPD Duration 2 months Start Dates January 2019 Availability Apply Now
Course Advanced Injectable Therapies Qualification CPD Duration 2 months Start Dates January 2019 Availability Apply Now
Course Prevention, Obesity and Diabetes Qualification CPD Duration 2 months Start Dates March 2019 Availability Apply Now
Course Diabetes: Complications Qualification CPD Duration 4 months Start Dates May 2019 Availability Apply Now