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Diabetes is a lifelong metabolic condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high over a prolonged period. There are two main types of diabetes: type 1, where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cell that produce insulin and type 2, where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. In the UK, type 2 diabetes is more common, it affects 90% of all adults with diabetes.

You learn the details of the standards within the National Service Framework (NSF) for diabetes, the context of assessment, treatment and management of the disease in adults, children and adolescents, as well as the implementation of these standards within the community and hospital settings. You will also explore management and care methods for people with diabetes, including during pregnancy.


  • The nature and pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus
  • An introduction to the NSF for Diabetes
  • Standards 1 & 2: Prevention of type 2 diabetes and identification of people with diabetes
  • Clinical care of adults with diabetes mellitus
  • Clinical care of children and young people with diabetes mellitus
  • Management of diabetic emergencies
  • Empowering people with diabetes
  • Care of people with diabetes during admission to hospital
  • Diabetes and pregnancy
  • Detection and management of long-term complications – diabetic retinopathy and renal nephropathy, lower limbs and cardiovascular complications
  • Multiprofessional and multiagency management of diabetes services


  • Have a full understanding of diabetes, a condition that currently affects over 4 million people in the UK, 6% of the entire population.
  • Implement the knowledge you learn as soon as you finish the course.
  • Experienced and qualified tutors available to support you throughout your course.
  • Post module assessments to help you track your development and back up the knowledge.
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
1 gigahertz (GHz)
1 GB
Operating Systems
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10
Mac OS
Internet Explorer 8 or above
Google Chrome
Safari 6 or above
Mozilla Firefox
Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android