Diabetes course gets top recognition

By Editor
21st July 2015
East Midlands, Education Latest news

An education programme for healthcare professionals developed by the Leicester Diabetes Centre has been accredited and rated as “excellent” by a leading general practice association.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has given its backing to Effective Diabetes Education Now! (EDEN), which provides diabetes training for clinicians.

The key aim of the national programme is to up-skill healthcare professions delivering diabetes care. It is a comprehensive training package, which provides knowledge and skills to deliver high levels of diabetes care to patients in the community.

The assessor panel at the RCGP said it was an “excellent programme, which aims to upskill health professionals in everyday management and treatment of people with diabetes”.

They particularly commended the “very comprehensive” workbooks with guided reflection relating to the practitioner’s practice.

Professor Heather Daly said: “EDEN is about up-skilling healthcare professionals in the community with the aim of improving patient outcomes as well as reducing hospital admissions and referrals to specialist care.

“This recognition from the RCGP is a testament to the high standards of the programme and the hard work we have put into developing it. EDEN is attracting more and more attention as health providers are recognising the importance of high-quality diabetes care in improving management and reducing complications.”

EDEN was piloted in 2011 as a three-year collaboration with Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which continues to commission the programme. The programme can be easily adapted to fit local needs and is available to be commissioned by other CCGs.

The training enables practices to work towards achieving enhanced level competencies or build on existing levels of diabetes care in core practices, while also addressing cultural diversity in diabetes.

The Leicester Diabetes Centre is an international centre of excellence in diabetes research, education and innovation. Hosted at Leicester General Hospital, it is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester.

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