The Diabetes Times launches free e-learning suite
A new suite of free e-learning modules for healthcare professionals working in diabetes care has been launched by The Diabetes Times.
The first module, which has been unveiled, is about diabetic foot care and was developed by the Integrated Diabetic Footcare Faculty (IDFF), which is a voluntary group of healthcare professionals from the south west.
The course is aimed at allied health professionals involved in the assessment and management of the diabetic foot, in particular community and practice nurses.
The IDFF initiative recently won the NHS Health Education England Innovation Champion Star Award for lowering amputation rates below the national average in Exeter.
Careful foot assessments are the cornerstone for good diabetic foot care and can help to prevent amputation. It is hoped that the information and advice within the training will be a continuous point of reference and support to help healthcare professionals achieve this effectively.
The aim is to provide knowledge on how to perform and record a diabetic foot assessment which helps to identify any risk factors predisposing individuals to foot problems. The diabetic foot risk classification then directs users to suitable management plans and referral pathways.
The course will focus on enabling participants to;
1. Perform a routine assessment of the diabetic foot and provide advice and education
2. Identify the presence of sensory neuropathy
3. Identify a reduced arterial supply
4. Identify other risk factors that may put the foot at risk
5. Classify the diabetic foot in accordance with NICE guidelines and the diabetic foot care Pathway
6. Understand how to refer patients to the appropriate podiatry services
7. Effectively manage a newly presenting foot ulcer/problem and recognise the need for urgent referral to podiatrists and/or specialist. Provide foot care advice to patients including their risk status, care of the diabetic foot wear advice, signs of infection and importance of contacting a health care professional if concerned.
The 30-minute course should be completed on an annual basis and a certificate of competence is printable on completion.
To access the module, click here.