Diabetes including Blood Glucose Monitoring and Administration of Insulin

To provide underpinning knowledge associated with best practice for providing safe and effective care for people with diabetes, including a simulated practical experience in a controlled environment to assist the development of competent skills for testing blood glucose levels and administering insulin. To promote the safety and well-being of all patients who have, or who are at risk of having diabetes.


By the end of the course, candidates will be able to:

  • Discuss legal and professional responsibilities associated with performing diabetes care with local and national guidance
  • Follow procedures for gaining consent and correct documentation
  • Outline the physiology of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Identify and explain the signs and symptoms of diabetes
  • Explain the risk factors for diabetes and discuss diagnosis criteria
  • Understand the need to manage health and safety risk
  • Describe how to maintain the health of a person with diabetes
  • Identify the range of available equipment and medication
  • Demonstrate how to monitor blood sugar levels and give insulin
  • Discuss how to identify and manage episodes of hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia
  • Describe long term conditions associated with diabetes


Practitioners will be assessed by –

  • Ability to answer questions during course
  • Discussion following feedback from activities
  • Undertaking simulated diabetes care procedures
  • Completing a post course knowledge assessment


Course content

  • Legal and professional considerations and responsibilities
  • Consent for care and treatment
  • Setting the scene – introduction
  • Statistics
  • Busting the myths
  • Diabetes explained
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Symptoms of diabetes
  • Making a diagnosis
    • HbA1c
    • Fasting Plasma Glucose
    • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Diet and carbohydrate counting
  • Physical activity
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring
    • Equipment
    • Hand cleansing
    • Performing the test
    • Recommended levels
  • Aims of diabetes treatment
  • Drug treatment
  • Use of insulin
    • Rationale
    • Types and brand examples
    • Injecting devices + pumps
    • Storage
    • Injection sites
    • Administering insulin injections
  • Acute complications
    • Hypoglycaemia + Management
    • Hyperglycaemia + Management
  • Chronic Complications
    • Retinopathy
    • Foot problems
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Neuropathy
  • Practical Workshop
    • Capillary blood glucose testing
    • Giving insulin injections
  • Principles of Nursing Practice
  • Knowledge assessment


Medex Group Limited
Botanical Gardens Business Centre,
3 Southbourne Road,
S10 2QN

t: 0114 266 5264
e: info@medexgroup.co.uk



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