Self Management in Diabetes Care

Module code: MD7001

Module co-ordinators: Dr Marian Carey and Sue Cradock

People with Diabetes manage their condition 24/7, 365 days a year, of which a tiny fraction is spent sharing this management with a healthcare professional. Supporting someone with diabetes to become a successful self manager of their disease is therefore critical to good outcomes, whether clinical, psychological or emotional.

What do we mean when we talk about self management? What skills are involved for healthcare professionals and people with diabetes?

This module has been designed to help learners understand the philosophy and psychological theories informing a range of interventions within the self management approach. They will become familiar with key interventions supporting self management, such as group structured education, and have the opportunity to develop and practice new skills in a supportive environment. The module involves a mix of lectures, workshops and directed study, facilitated by a team of experienced practitioners, through which learners will gain a thorough grounding in the self management approach.


  • 18 one-hour lectures
  • 10 one-hour seminars
  • 2 one-hour tutorials


  • Written critique of an observed structured education programme, 3,500 words (50%)
  • Essay, 3,500 words (50%)