Diabetes Education Courses

Knowledge of, and experience in, diabetes care

Knowledge of, and experience in, diabetes care are both requirements prior to participating in specific education of people with diabetes.

Courses in Diabetes

NHS provided

Diabetes management modules, appropriate for management within secondary care can be accessed here:
Prescribing Insulin Safely
Diabetes Emergencies
Diabetes Management in Fasting Patients
Insulin Types
Factors Which May Influence Diabetes Control

The NHS Education for Scotland Diabetes Management for Pharmacists module on LearnPro provides base-line knowledge for any professional enhancing their core knowledge on diabetes.

Some Diabetes Managed Clinical Networks (MCNs) provide continuing professional development courses in diabetes. Others work in partnership with local Universities and Colleges. Access to each MCN is through the Health Board websites.

Higher Education

Universities and Colleges provide a variety of courses in diabetes care and management that is normally dependent on market forces.

The Open University provides free Open Learn modules on diabetes care.
Diabetes Care - Track 1
Living With Diabetes

Edinburgh Napier University has a new online course on Diabetes and Insulin Pump Therapy (Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion) .

Voluntary Sector

The voluntary sector has a wealth of information on diabetes and many provide educational opportunities.

Diabetes UK provide support for professionals working in diabetes: Diabetes UK Training & Competencies

Diabetes UK has developed a one-day training course that has been accredited by the RCN and provides a theoretical background to support a number of competencies required to obtain a NVQ. See Diabetes training and awareness courses for the workplace or phone the Training Department on 020 7424 1000.

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

British Heart Foundation

Stroke Association

Royal College of Nursing

An overview of diabetes can be found on the Royal College of Nursing website.

The Diabetes in Healthcare Training Course website is for both healthcare professionals who wish to know more about diabetes but who are not diabetes specialists and people with type 2 diabetes. For nurses, it has been credited by the Royal College of Nursing.

Royal College of General Practice

Defines the knowledge, skills and competencies for those working in diabetes in general practice: RCGP - Care of People with Metabolic Problems.

Foot care

An on-line resource has been developed for all health care professionals to assist them in foot risk awareness and management.

The national traffic light poster gives clinical guidance on foot care management.


The International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes website hosts various resources for staff working within this area.

The British Dietetic Association validated paediatric dietetic modules at Masters level that include diabetes. From 2013 all paediatric dietitians have to do module 1 and 2 now or to agree to do it within 1-2 years of being appointed. More information can be found here.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

The IDF has developed an all encompassing curriculum for professionals:
International Curriculum for Diabetes Health Professional Education.

Professional support in diabetes

The Scottish Diabetes Group is a national steering group for implementation of the Scottish Diabetes Action plan and its work is supported by several subgroups.

Diabetes MCNs provide local support for professionals and contact details can be found on each Health Board website: NHS Scotland.

Professionals can subscribe to a free online international network called CHAIN: Contact, Help, Advice and Information Network. This network is for people working in health and social care and, in 2017, started a diabetes network. For more information on CHAIN and joining the network please visit the CHAIN website.

The Knowledge Network has a shared space for staff to access and populate.

The Diabetes Education Network (DENS) provide several resources.

Other educational courses

The Norfolk Diabetes Bible offers an on-line programme in diabetes knowledge.

Enabling healthcare professionals to better manage diabetes: Diabetesonthenet.com.