Other Education Courses

Diabetes related education

This page highlights other educational opportunities to prepare staff to support and deliver patient education.

Health care professionals require other skills to support people with diabetes in self management e.g.

  • robust consultative communication skills
  • skills in promoting behaviour change
  • the ability to conduct peer review
  • facilitation skills
  • motivational interviewing
  • skills in promoting decision making
  • skills in promoting self care and management

NHS Education for Scotland has developed tools, information and resources around good communication skills that are appropriate for all consultations within a person centred care environment.

Health Scotland provide a whole range of programmes including ones on behaviour change, healthy weight, healthy eating and active living: Health Scotland Virtual learning Environment.

This website details aspects around motivational interviewing.

The Women with Diabetes website has been developed for professionals working with women with diabetes.

VITAE has produced various resources on how to facilitate learning.

The working in partnership and supporting self-management e-learning programme supports trained educators to meet many of the skills identified. The course aims to facilitate partnership working between clinicians and patients. The program also supports GP revalidation/appraisal and Nurse/AHP personal development plan/KSF. Further information can be obtained from Carolyn Oxenham, MCN Education Facilitator.

Peer review

Professionals wishing to update their skills on how to undertake peer review can attend a short course offered by the University of Dundee and supported by the Scottish Diabetes Group: Professional Development Academy.

Self Management

Self management is essential for people with diabetes. Staff need a range of tools and techniques to enable them develop collaborative partnerships with people and some resources for this can be found at: NHS Education for Scotland.

The website of the Health and Social Care Alliance also provides some tools to assist professionals in their role.

The Expert Patient Programme offers self management courses for professionals to give people the tools, techniques and confidence to support people self manage.

Children and Young People

The Children and Young People’s Services Managed Knowledge Network contains information regarding education for this group.

A resource addressing psychosocial interventions for improving adherence, self-management and adjustment to physical health conditions applicable to young people with diabetes is accessible here.

Paediatric Dietetics

The British Dietetic Association validated paediatric dietetic modules at Masters level that include diabetes. More information can be found here.

Patient Stories

Patient Voices includes stories to inform policy makers so that those who devise and implement strategy in health and social care, as well as the professionals and clinicians directly involved in care, may carry out their duties in a more informed and compassionate manner.

Care Story library contains some stories on diabetes, long term conditions, communication skills.

Psychological Care

Emotion Matters was developed by the Physical Health Team in the Psychology Directorate at NHS Education for Scotland (NES). The team worked closely with the NMAHP NES Self Management team who requested training following feedback, from practitioners, that they did not feel skilled in addressing emotional issues when working with people living with long-term conditions.

Education Resource for Multidisciplinary Staff working within Specialist Children’s Services : Psychosocial interventions for improving adherence, self management and adjustment to physical health conditions.

Improving the health outcomes for younger people with diabetes: from education to engagement - Round Table Report (November 2013).