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Management of Diabetes in Hospital Clinical Areas


Around 10% of all hospital beds in England are occupied by someone with Diabetes. Does your Trust provide high quality care to people with Diabetes Mellitus?

The course is designed to meet the needs of qualified health care professionals who work regularly with people with diabetes in a hospital environment. The course is available to study online (group bookings only, with a minimum of 12 participants) or via local delivery by Advanced Leaders.

Meet Standard 8 of the Diabetes NSF and the Workforce Competences in Diabetes
Meet Quality Standards 11 and 12 (N.I.C.E. 2011)

Please note: Healthcare professionals will need to be working in a clinical setting to undertake the assessment process for this course. Students will need to have internet access.

Course philosophy:

The course philosophy is based on the principle that the needs and concerns of people with diabetes, the family and those who care for them are paramount. The programme emphasises the importance of enabling the person with diabetes to manage their own health in a way that is appropriate to their individual needs.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course meets the educational needs of all healthcare professionals with an interest in diabetes care. This includes GPs, nurses, doctors, diabetes nurse specialists, pharmacists, dietitians, optometrists and chiropodists. Other suitably qualified and experienced applicants may be accepted on the course at the discretion of the MDHCA Course Director.

Programme aims:

This course from Warwick Medical School has been designed to support hospitals to implement national health policy and will enable hospital staff to:

  • Feel confident to care for people with diabetes
  • Provide safe and effective care
  • Reduce inappropriate emergency admissions for people with diabetes and potentially reduce lengths of stay
  • Meet the requirements of Standard 8 of the NSF for Diabetes

Course structure:

Day 1

  • Studying at the University of Warwick (IT, referencing, library)
  • Diabetes mellitus in the hospital environment
  • Classification and diagnosis of diabetes mellitus
  • Overview of diabetes management
  • Health policies/NHS initiatives in relation to diabetes care
  • The personal experience of living with diabetes mellitus

Day 2

  • The Trust perspective (Clinical Governance, audit)
  • Food in hospital
  • Oral therapies
  • Managing cardiovascular risk
  • Annual diabetes review

Day 3

  • Insulin regimens, devices and insulin infusions
  • Acute complications of diabetes mellitus
  • Case studies - peer review

Day 4

  • Long term complications of diabetes mellitus
  • Nephropathy
  • Foot disease
  • Eye disease
  • Assessment 2 - guidance

Day 5

  • Surgery - elective/emergency
  • Clinical investigations
  • Blood glucose monitoring, urinalysis
  • End of life care
  • Practice development plan - peer review

Day 6

  • Care pathways, discharge planing and follow-up care
  • Sexual health
  • Special groups of people with diabetes mellitus
  • Oral hygiene in diabetes care

Study online:

An online course is available for groups of at least 12 healthcare professionals. Students study the course online at a time and place convenient to the individual. This allows individual healthcare professionals who do not have the opportunity of attending a local course to access this course. Studying a course online allows greater flexibility as the student can study at a time and place convenient to their own personal requirements.

The course takes nine months to complete and comprises of six study sessions. Two formative assessments are undertaken which help to prepare the student for the final summative assessment. These must be completed before proceeding to complete the final project. A personal tutor from Warwick Medical School is assigned to the students studying the online programme and communication between student and tutor is by personal email or using a course forum.

Study in your local area:

Advanced Leaders are trained by Warwick Medical School to deliver the course in their own locality. This tried and tested cascade approach, which utilises in-house expertise, ensures that the course is tailored to local needs. In addition, local networking and relationship building can take place and importantly it allows the development of local care pathways to occur. The Course Leaders are supported by WMS and every course is quality assured by our Education Team

The local delivery model involves preparing your local diabetes specialists (e.g. Diabetes Specialist Nurses, doctors, dietitians, podiatrists, etc) to be Advanced Leaders and facilitate and deliver the courses in your locality. The MDHCA focuses on care of diabetes in secondary care settings and will help to fulfil quality standards 11 and 12 (N.I.C.E. 2011)

To enable students to combine work and study, the course is undertaken over nine months and comprises six days of supported study sessions, work-based learning, practical experience and self-directed learning. The study days take place over the first 6 months during which you will take an active role with opportunities to share experiences and practice with others on the programme.

The strength of these programmes is that they can be tailored in accordance with your local diabetes service agreements and local guidelines. Equally importantly, they offer professional development and skill enhancement for your Advanced Leaders.

Warwick Medical School has an unsurpassed reputation for high quality learning and has been shown to bring about significant improvements in diabetes care throughout the UK.

For information about the availability of courses in your area, please contact your local Primary/Secondary Care Organisation diabetes lead.

If your CCG/Hospital wishes to start a distance delivery course or would like WMS to arrange for the course to be taught in your local area, please contact us.

Entry requirements:

All applicants need to hold a recognised health related qualification (registered nurse/dietitian/podiatrist/doctor). In order to meet the needs of the assessment process, applicants will need to be working in a clinical setting and working with people who have diabetes mellitus to undertake this course.

Prospective students should have a basic knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • The diagnosis and classification of diabetes mellitus
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Long term complications
  • Acute complications
  • Treatment options

Additional requirements for online study:

All students will need access to a computer with a minimum of 64mb RAM, a graphics card supporting 800x600 resolution, a sound card, broadband internet connection, speakers/headphones, Microsoft Windows and email facilities.


Two formative assessments are undertaken, they are not formally marked, but are discussed within a small group setting and provide the student with the opportunity of gaining skills and experience of producing work before undertaking one final summative assessment.

The first formative assessment comprises of a case study, which involves talking to a person with diabetes about how they manage their condition. The second formative assessment requires the student to complete a practice development plan to identify an aspect of diabetes care that could be improved, which then helps to form the basis of the final summative assessment. This assessment consists of two elements: 1: A professional reflection of approximately 1500 words on how learning outcomes of the course have been applied to clinical practice and 2: A practice development plan of approximately 1500 words implementing a change in practice.

Key Facts


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Course Dates:

Currently no future dates scheduled.


To find out more about booking onto the course, please contact our postgraduate team:

Tel: 02476 150674

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