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Managing Diabetes for Health Care Staff

course information

The purpose of this one day course is to introduce / refresh participants knowledge and skills in the essential aspects of diabetes management in their practice setting.

aims and objectives

  • Identify their current knowledge of diabetes care and how confident they feel about offering advice to a patient with diabetes and or their family.

  • Identify the main differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and the implications this has for the management of the person’s diabetes.

  • Understand the purpose and outcomes of the main treatment options for people with diabetes.

  • Discuss the importance of addressing the person’s needs and how regular clinic visits impact on the management of diabetes.

  • Discuss how to build relationships and establish an environment that enables the person with diabetes to take an active role in their diabetes management.

course contents


  • Aetiology and diagnosis of type 1 and type 2

  • Difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes

  • Implications for practice

  • Management goals

Type 1

  • Treatment and management options

  • Carbohydrate awareness

  • Challenges in self-management

  • Hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia

  • Screening and the annual review


Type 2

  • First line treatment and step-wise options

  • Food choices and relation to risk

  • Activity and type2 diabetes

  • Cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes

  • Screening and annual review


Supporting people with diabetes and their family

  • Seeing the person not the disease

  • Consultation skills

  • Ongoing support needs


Specific sessions can also be offered in

  • Food and lifestyle messages for diabetes

  • Annual review and screening including foot care advice

  • Blood glucose monitoring

  • Consultation skills and relationship building

  • Complications and treatment options

who should attend?

  • Nurses

  • HCAs

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