PG Cert Diabetes Care

Why study a PG Cert Diabetes Care?

The programme offers participants an academically rigorous route to enhancing their diabetes skills. On completion, participants will understand, and be able to apply the knowledge and skills required to support people living with diabetes. This includes the ability to support patients by establishing and maintaining good glycemic control and reducing the risk associated with cardiovascular disease.

In addition, they will be able to evaluate existing practice, demonstrating advanced decision making and how to support individual patients based on their specific needs

Students who successfully complete this certificate will be able to use the 60 credits towards a full masters programme at Education for Health or another education establishment 

Why study with Education for Health?

To enable people to learn at a pace and style that best suits their lifestyle, we have introduced a highly flexible system of Interactive Blended Online Learning. This provides the flexibility to learn at your own pace and style whenever is convenient. Units of eLearning are supported by interactive webinars, masterclasses, and discussion groups, led by trailblazers in the field of diabetes care. The PG Cert is delivered as part of Education for Health’s portfolio of academically accredited courses.

Diabetes care utilizes 10% of the total NHS budget, 80% of which is spent on treating cardiovascular complications; most of which are avoidable with effective support and management.

What will I study?

This PG Cert has two compulsory modules:

  • Diabetes Improving Glycaemic Control (30 credits at level 7)

Glycaemic control is central to managing diabetes and reducing the risk of complications for many people. This module contributes to the development of knowledge and understanding of the evidence to underpin clinical decisions and practice in assuring effective glycaemic control. There is an emphasis on the research and evidence base; participants are encouraged to compare and contrast their findings with national and local guidelines. They will have the opportunity to engage in live webinars to discuss optimal ways of delivering personalised care when supporting the management of glycaemic control Learning and development will be facilitated through a blend of eLearning units, interactive webinars and masterclasses led by thought leaders in the evolving field of glycaemic control, along with self-directed study. Clinical case studies and personal reflection will form the basis of discussion and sharing of best practice.

  • Diabetes Reducing Cardiovascular Risk (30 credits level 7)

This module contributes to the development of knowledge and understanding of is an emphasis on the research and evidence base; participants are encouraged to compare their findings with national and local guidelines. They also have the opportunity to discuss and explore best practice through interactive webinars; focusing on to how to deliver personalised care while reducing cardiovascular risk in people with diabetes. Learning and development is facilitated through a blend of formal presentations, webinars and masterclasses combined with self-directed study. Clinical case studies and personal reflection will form the basis for dialogue and discussion.

Glycaemic control is usually the key issue addressed in practice. However, evidence suggests that cardiovascular complications are reduced through a multifactorial approach which addresses blood pressure, lipid management and lifestyle issues. In some people with diabetes, these interventions have a greater impact on cardiovascular risk than glycaemic control. This module encourages evidence-based analysis and discussion along with a synthesis of different approaches to managing risk in diabetes, which potentially go beyond the guidelines.

Each can be taken as a standalone module, or as part of an MSc Long Term Conditions, but successful completion of these two modules allows you to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Diabetes Care.

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