• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Start Date: September 2020 and February 2021

Course Overview

Credits: 30 credits at Level 6 and 7.

This module represents a short course for health care practitioners to study the care of patients with diabetes. The module is offered at Level 6 and gives you the opportunity to build upon existing knowledge and study the nature of diabetes mellitus in greater depth, including its impact on the patient and family. You'll then be able to realistically appraise the knowledge with respect to its value in practice. Level 7 module is also available.

The course will cover areas such as:

  • epidemiology of diabetes mellitus and anatomy
  • physiology and disordered physiology
  • pharmacology of type 1 and 2 diabetes
  • investigations, diagnosis and management of diabetes
  • blood glucose monitoring and insulin therapy
  • NICE guidelines
  • local guidelines
  • national service frameworks for diabetes and its implementation
  • complications of diabetes and their prevention
  • wound management and the diabetic foot
  • psychological and socio-cultural issues in diabetes
  • health promotion in diabetes
  • medical nutrition therapy
  • inter-professional collaboration in diabetes management and the expert patient's perspectives of diabetes
  • diabetes across the life span
  • diabetes in children adolescents and the elderly
    diabetes in pregnancy and future trends in diabetes management.

Why choose this course?

On successful completion of the module, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology and pathology of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and the impact on the health of the individual
  • critically analyse the therapeutic management of Type1 and Type 2 Diabetes: Blood Glucose Monitoring, Oral and Insulin therapies
  • critically examine the role of the inter-professional team in the management and care of clients with diabetes in the hospital and community setting
  • critically review the evidence-base for diabetes care and decision making in inter-professional practice
  • critically analyse government strategies for diabetes and examine their benefits for practice within an inter-professional context
  • critically evaluate the physical, psycho-social and cultural impact of diabetes on the client and family.

This module is also available without credits attached. Students choosing this option will be awarded a certificate of Continuing Professional Development hours but will not be required to undertake the final assessment.

How will I be taught and assessed?

A range of teaching and learning methods will be employed to take account of the different styles of learning represented within the student group and to address both the theoretical and practical components of the course. You will be encouraged to use the virtual learning environment (BlackBoard) to aid further discussion and sharing of ideas during the inter-block period and group support.

Assessment will be based on a case study from their area of practice, which critically analyses the epidemiology, aetiology, pathology and management of an individual with diabetes.

This course will run on Wednesdays from 10am - 5pm.

Course Details

What are the course entry requirements?

  • Registered health care professional with minimum 6 months experience in a relevant area.
  • For Level 6 study you'll need 120 credits at Level 5 or equivalent. For Level 7 study, 120 credits at Level 6 or the equivalent are required.


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £990

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

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