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Aims and Learning Outcomes

The National Service Framework for Diabetes has a primary care focus and dietitians are required for this holistic approach. These appointments do not require any recognised training or qualification above that of State Registered Dietitian.

In addition to this, many other health care professionals are keen to develop their nutritional knowledge to a high standard for clinical application.


Learn to:
  • Have an advanced understanding of the classification, biochemistry, physiology and treatment of both types of diabetes
  • Explore and reflect upon the extended role of the health professional in clinical practice and to have an advanced knowledge of the promotional factors for enhanced clinical effectiveness
  • Consider and analyse the ways in which glycaemic control may be improved by dietary therapy
  • Consider the effects of lifestyle, culture, ethnicity and choice in the nutritional management of persons with diabetes at various stages in their lives: children, adolescents, the elderly and the expectant
  • Reflect on the nutritional implications of exercise and alcohol on the person with diabetes
  • Explore and analyse the nutritional aspects of micro-and macro-vascular disease including renal disease and lipid abnormalities
  • Reflect on the differences in the management of the nutrition of patients with diabetes in acute and long stay units
  • Analyse and reflect on the differing approaches to obesity and weight mangement: nutritional, physical, pharmaceutical, surgical
  • Have an advanced understanding of the psychological and behavioural aspects which may affect self-care behaviour and encourage behavioural change
  • Produce an educational aid to support the application of theoretical principles into clinical practice
  • Show evidence of critical analysis of research methodologies and statistical techniques in published clinical trials