Diabetes Education for Healthcare Professionals

Bi-monthly Swindon Diabetes Education Forum

Organised by the Swindon Community Diabetes Service.

These evening events are for GPs, Practice Nurses, Pharmacists, Primary and Secondary Healthcare Professionals.  They normally include one topic related to diabetes.

Events in 2020

  • Thursday 23 January
  • Thursday 26 March
  • Thursday 21 May
  • Thursday 16 July
  • Thursday 24 September
  • Thursday 26 November

Venue: Blunsdon House Hotel, Swindon, SN26 7AS

Time: 6.30pm to 8pm (Food from 6.30pm)

To register, please contact Swindon Community Diabetes Service by emailing rosemary.wood5@nhs.net or by calling 01793 696621.

Click here to download a save-the-date poster for the 2020 events.



Swindon Diabetes Update

Organised by the Swindon Community Diabetes Service.

Facilitator: Dr Vladimir Vaks, Lead Consultant in Community Diabetes

Swindon Diabetes Update 2019 is scheduled for 7 November 2019 and is a full day from 10am until 5pm with several lectures and updates on diabetes care.

The agenda for the event can be seen by clicking here.

For more information please contact the Swindon Community Diabetes Service via SWICCG.CommunityDiabetesService@nhs.net.

Please click here for information on past Swindon Diabetes Update events.

Diabetes training days for GPs, Practice Nurses and Pharmacists

Organised by the Swindon GP Education Trust.

This year’s training day will be dedicated to anti diabetes therapies and insulin in type 2 diabetes management.

The event is mainly for healthcare professionals who are already involved in diabetes care with basic knowledge on anti diabetes drugs and insulin.

This is scheduled for 23 May 2019 from 9am until 5pm.

The venue is Swindon Town Football Club, County Road, Swindon SN1 2ED.

To book a place, please email kim.taylor18@nhs.net.

Please click here to download an agenda for the day.

Diabetes Consultant or Diabetes Specialist Nurse Practice-based Education Visits or Join Clinics with Primary Care Healthcare Professionals

Specialist diabetes visits and clinics are offered to all Swindon GP practices as part of the Swindon Community Diabetes service.

These sessions can vary in duration from one to four hours and can be run in the following ways:

  • Virtual discussion (virtual clinics)
  • Joint mentored clinics
  • Joint clinic to see complex/difficult to engage patients
  • Topic discussion/seminars/workshops/updates in diabetes
  • Sessions for the whole practice
  • Combination of topic discussion

To find out more or to book a clinic or visit, please contact either Dr Vladimir Vaks, Lead Consultant in Community Diabetes by e-mailing vladimir.vaks@nhs.net or calling 07823 327633, or Sarah Fitzpatrick, Lead Community DSN by emailing sarah.fitzpatrick@nhs.net or by calling 07979 119974.

Click here to download Dr Vaks’ letter on education visits.

Click here to download information on how to book an education visit at a practice.

Online Diabetes Education Resources

Foot Risk Awareness and Management Education (FRAME)

A project commissioned by the Scottish government to enable any healthcare professional to gain knowledge of the theoretical and practical competencies to safely and effectively undertake the task of diabetes foot screening.

The website aims to provide an interactive way of learning and uses animation and case scenarios.

There is an assessment involving case scenarios at the end of this module which the learner can opt to undertake and if passed, gives a certificate of completion.

The Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme (CDEP)

CDEP is based on the UK national diabetes competency frameworks and offers five levels that healthcare practitioners can register, according to their role, to support validation.

To register, click My Learning and then sign in.

After entering a password, use the free registration key code: SWCVN.

CDEP currently offers fifteen topics in no particular order.

The following topics include: what is diabetes, hyperglycaemia, hypoglycaemia, oral therapies, injectable therapies, foot care, nutrition, blood glucose and ketone monitoring, promoting self-care, preconception care, screening and early detection of type 2 diabetes, physical activities, managing diabetes in hospital, managing diabetes in residential or nursing homes, carbohydrate counting and insulin injection dose adjustment.

Diabetes in Healthcare Training Course

This is an introductory course designed by Diabetes UK for healthcare professionals who are not specialists in diabetes, but want to know more about the condition.

It has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing.

Healthcare professionals can attribute everything learned and the hours spent completing the course, to their continued professional development.

On successful completion, a certificate is received.

Understanding Insulin

This is an online course from the University of Southampton.

This relates to all things insulin, including how it works, side effects, insulin types and guidance on how to prescribe safely.

Primary Care Diabetes Society (PSDS)

PCDS web offers free eLearning modules designed to support healthcare professionals working within primary and secondary care.

The modules currently available are as follows:

  • Glucose monitoring: This module provides the latest information, evidence and recommendations on all aspects of glucose monitoring, including the latest devices and technologies. Common case scenarios are included to test knowledge.
  • The six steps to insulin safety: An essential module for all those prescribing, managing or administering insulin, with the overall aim of reducing insulin errors in clinical practice.

Effective Diabetes Education Now (EDEN)

EDEN’s e-learning modules offer an interactive platform for healthcare professionals to gain access to EDEN training whenever convenient.

All e-learning modules have pre and post module assessments enabling demonstration of any improvement in knowledge.

The following modules are currently available:

  • Three Treatment Targets (BP, lipids and glycaemic control)
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Preconception and pregnancy
  • Safer Ramadan

The following topics are coming soon:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Glycaemic management
  • Annual review
  • Diabetes in the older person

Education for Health

This offers online learning programmes on diabetes injection techniques and safety aiming to support healthcare professionals in the management and care of people with diabetes who use injectable therapies.

Diabetes On The Net

This website offers high quality diabetes education for healthcare professionals.

You can register for face-to-face events, assess journal content, watch videos and participate in online CPD from leading professional societies.

Univadis Diabetes Education Programme

This online learning portal was created by MSD in partnership with some of the world’s leading medical publishers, such as BMJ learning, The Lancet and Elsevier.

Univadis benefits from partnerships with key sites such as GP notebook and trip database to ensure the provision of independent and relevant medical information.


This resource for physicians can provide essential information on the latest developments across medicine including diabetes, covering practice guidelines, thought leader perspectives, drug and device announcements, journal articles impacting medical practice, conference news.

Healthcare professionals can access evidence-based, point of care clinical information including antidiabetes drugs, type 1 and type 2 diabetes management.

Accredited online education is also available.

BMJ Learning

This offers a range of learning modules dealing with everyday issues in primary care, general practice and hospital medicine.

The following topics can be accessed:

  • Quick tips: initiating insulin in type 2 diabetes in primary care;
  • Step by step: how to diagnose and manage type 1 diabetes in adults in primary care;
  • Step by step: preventing diabetes in high risk patients;
  • Clinical pointers: Blood glucose control in type 2 diabetes;
  • Managing adults with diabetes in hospital during an acute illness;
  • Clinical pointers: recognising and managing acute complications of diabetes in adults;
  • Type 1 diabetes in adults: supporting self-management;
  • The health benefits of physical activity: diabetes;
  • Ask the consultant: Diabetes;
  • Diabetes: visual loss;
  • Step by step: diabetes in pregnancy