Diabetes
Level 4

 
Title of learning programme Diabetes
Programme level 4
Duration of learning programme 11 weeks x 10 hours*
Total number of learning hours per programme 110**

* Unlike traditional schools, colleges or universities, there are no terms, semesters, or specified intake dates for our uniquely flexible distance education courses. Our system of continuous enrolment means that our students can enrol on any day and at any time of the year. This allows our students the freedom to plan their studies to fit in with their lifestyle or work commitments.

** Please note that this is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and also how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each module there is a question paper which needs to be completed and returned to your personal tutor.

Structure

 
Module Module Title
1 The Nature & Pathophysiology of Diabetes Mellitus
2 An Introduction to the National Service Framework for Diabetes
3 Standards 1 & 2: Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes & Identification of People with Diabetes
4 Standard 4: Clinical Care of Adults with Diabetes Mellitus
5   Standards 5 & 6: Clinical Care of Children & Young People with Diabetes Mellitus
6   Standard 7: Management of Diabetic Emergencies
7   Standard 3: Empowering People with Diabetes
8   Standard 8: Care of People with Diabetes During Admission to Hospital
9   Standard 9: Diabetes & Pregnancy
10   Standards 10 & 11, Part 1: Detection & Management
11   Standards 10 & 11, Part 2: Detection & Management
12   Multi-professional & Multi-agency Management of the Diabetes Service
 

Learning Outcomes

 

Module 1 The Nature & Pathophysiology of Diabetes Mellitus.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  Learning Outcome
LO1 Introduce the types of diabetes mellitus, their aetiology, incidence and prevalence
LO2   Analyse the physiology/pathophysiology of the pancreas and discuss the regulation of blood glucose
LO3   Summarise the pathophysiological significance of long-term complications in diabetics
 
Module 2 An Introduction to the National Service Framework for Diabetes.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Evaluate the purpose of National Service Frameworks and examine the National Service Framework for Diabetes Mellitus
LO2   Define the purpose and function of the NSF
LO3   Describe other important healthcare policies in relation to the frameworks
 
Module 3 Standards 1 & 2: Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes & Identification of People with Diabetes.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Examine the nature and complications of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and suggested interventions
LO2   Discuss how local policy and application are related to these standards
 
Module 4 Standard 4: Clinical Care of Adults with Diabetes Mellitus.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Discuss the risks of complications of diabetes
LO2   Analyse the symptoms of hyperglycaemia
LO3   Identify the significance of Standard 4 with regard to caring of adults with diabetes
 
Module 5 Standards 5 & 6: Clinical Care of Children & Young People with Diabetes Mellitus.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Introduce and explain NSF standards for clinical care of adults, children and adolescents with diabetes mellitus
LO2   Evaluate the importance of early detection in children/young people with diabetes
LO3   Describe how children/young people are affected psychologically and socially by diabetes
LO4   Examine how a smooth transition in service from paediatric diabetes to adult diabetes could be implemented
 
Module 6 Standard 7: Management of Diabetic Emergencies.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Analyse issues relating to developing, implementing and monitoring protocols for treatment of diabetic emergencies
LO2   Identify various sorts of diabetic emergencies and their complications
LO3   Summarise how prevention of occurring diabetic emergencies can be implemented
LO4   Discuss topics connected to epidemiology of diabetic emergencies
 
Module 7 Standard 3: Empowering People with Diabetes.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Evaluate the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus related to disease diagnosis
LO2   Introduce the physiology and pathophysiology of the pancreas and discuss the regulation of blood glucose
LO3   Summarise:
  • Alpha cells
  • Beta cells
  • Insulin
  • Glucagon
  • Roles of the liver, muscle and fat cells
 
Module 8 Standard 8: Care of People with Diabetes During Admission to Hospital.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Examine the issues of assessment, treatment and management of people with diabetes who are admitted to hospital
LO2   Discuss topics related to care for diabetics during admission to hospital even if their condition is extraneous to diabetes
 
Module 9 Standard 9: Diabetes & Pregnancy.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Discuss the complex problems associated with diabetes in pregnancy
LO2   Compare the difference between women with diabetes who become pregnant and women who develop diabetes after becoming pregnant
LO3   Define how diabetic pregnant women can be affected physiologically
 
Module 10 Standards 10 & 11, Part 1: Detection & Management.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Define the complex problems associated with detecting and managing long-term complications of diabetes
LO2   Describe how diabetic retinopathy and renal complications are influenced by pathophysiology
LO3   Summarise Standards 10 11 from the NSF for Diabetes and put them into practice
 
Module 11 Standards 10 & 11, Part 2: Detection & Management.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Analyse the detection and management of 2 long-term complications lower limb and cardiovascular
LO2   Examine long terms complications of diabetes mellitus, giving treatment and management of these contra-indications
LO3   Introduce research related to best care with regard to recognition, medication and management of lower limb and cardiovascular problems
 
Module 12 Multi-professional & Multi-agency Management of the Diabetes Service.
On successful completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
  Learning Outcome
LO1 Introduce issues related to the multi-professional management and delivery of a diabetes service that reflects the NSF for Diabetes
LO2   Summarise the first 4 chapters of the Delivery Strategy document of the National Service Framework

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