Advanced Diabetes CPD Award

What is special about this course?

This Advanced Diabetes CPD Award provides students with the knowledge, confidence and capability required in diabetes management.

The incidence of diabetes is rising globally and becoming one of the fastest growing issues in public health. Diabetes is a long-term condition in which self-management is essential, along with support from healthcare professionals. 

The module is aimed at professionals registered either with General Medical Council (GMC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), or Health Professions Council (HPC). 

Special features

  • Fully online
  • Module leader is an NHS community nurse 
  • Module learning outcomes are linked to NHS Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF)
  • Portfolio assessment is based on Training, Research and Education for Nurses in Diabetes 5th edition (TREND-UK, 2019) but has been adapted for this module to be relevant to a wider range of healthcare professionals.
  • All resources and textbooks available online e.g. e-books

Entry requirements

You need to be a healthcare professional, registered either with:

  • General Medical Council (GMC) 
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or 
  • Health Professions Council (HPC)

Evidence of being able to study at SCQF level 9 is also required.

CPD Award

The module learning outcomes are linked to the NHS Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF) and assessments have been adapted from the Training, Research and Education for Nurses in Diabetes 5th edition (TREND-UK, 2019) to be relevant to a wider range of healthcare professionals.

The module covers: 

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Pregnancy
  • Elderly
  • End of life care
  • Treatments, including oral and insulin
  • Pump therapy
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Micro- and macrovascular complications
  • Psychological impact
  • COVID-19 impact

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (unstructured): one semester (approximately 14 weeks)

Where can I study my course?

  • Lews Castle College UHI - you can study this fully online module from any location. You will be enrolled and receive support from Lews Castle College UHI.

Start date

  • January


For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional costs

You may wish to purchase the core textbook for use at work too.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from Advanced Diabetes (SCQF level 10) CPD Award to MA Health and Wellbeing.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Advanced Diabetes CPD Award

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2022

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