Diabetes Awareness

To provide underpinning knowledge associated with best practice for providing safe and effective care for people with diabetes and 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:

  • Explain 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 different strategies for treating and managing diabetes
  • Recognise how to monitor blood sugar levels
  • Describe different types of insulin and methods for injecting them
  • Discuss how to identify and manage episodes of hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia
  • Describe long term conditions associated with diabetes


Learners will be assessed by –

  • Ability to answer questions during course
  • Discussion following feedback from activities


Course Content


  • 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
  • Diet and carbohydrates
  • Physical activity
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring
    • Equipment
    • Hand cleansing
    • Performing the test
    • Recommended levels
  • Aims of diabetes treatment
  • Oral drug treatments
  • 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
  • Foot problems
  • Summary


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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