Online course launched to help treat and manage children with type 1 diabetes

By Editor
7th November 2022
Children, Education Type 1 diabetes

Skills for Health and HEAL.med in partnership with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust have launched a new eLearning course to aid healthcare professionals to treat and manage under 18-year-olds with type 1 diabetes. 

The ‘Type 1 diabetes management in children and young people course’ provides an introductory framework to enable those with no prior knowledge of the disease to treat under 18s effectively.

By the end of the course, learners will be able to explain the diagnosis of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, how to use insulin safely, the monitoring and assessment of blood glucose control, the role of diet in the management of type 1 diabetes and how carbohydrate counting relates to the correct dose of insulin.

Developed by clinical experts from University of Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust and HEAL.med, a social enterprise specialising in diabetes education, the course is available now via the Skills for Health eLearning Platform.

Dr James Greening is a Consultant Paediatrician and Director of HEAL.med – the charity behind the NHS Diabetes Education App for children.

Dr Greening said: “Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes diagnosed in children across the UK. Of the estimated 35,000 children and young people with diabetes, around 95 per cent of those have type 1.

“The UK has the fourth highest rate of children and young people with diabetes in Europe and has historically been one of the worst performing countries in terms of blood glucose control.”

He added: “Over the last 10 years the need to improve the delivery of paediatric care has been recognised and it is now well understood that a full system approach is needed.

“Against this background, we have developed this comprehensive eLearning course, which is tailored to the specific needs of children and young people with type 1 diabetes, to enable the wider health and care sector manage their disease effectively.”

Paul Walker is CIO of Skills for Health – a registered charity which offers the ‘Type 1 diabetes management in children and young people course’ via its Skills Platform eLearning website.

Paul comments: “Through our Skills Platform we have made this eLearning course ultra accessible, not only in terms of offering learners flexibility, but also through affordable pricing.

“We are proud to be able to play our role in developing the skills of multi professional health care teams as we support ongoing efforts to young people affected by this chronic health condition.”

The 60-minute CPD eligible course has seven modules and is followed by a multiple-choice assessment with a pass mark of 80 out of 100.

To find out more visit: https://www.skillsplatform.org/courses/10566-type-1-diabetes-management-in-children-and-young-people.

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