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CPD Diabetes: the complexity of care

Level 7 (postgraduate), 30 credits

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Course aim

This course is a useful and evidence based course aimed at increasing the theoretical and practical knowledge of healthcare professionals involved in the care of people with diabetes mellitus.Diabetes is an emerging condition that most health care professionals will encounter, so robust, current knowledge is essential to ensure patients receive contemporary and evidence based care.

Patients with long term conditions such as diabetes have high expectations from healthcare professionals, andLiverpool John Moores University is proud to be entrusted with developing your knowledge and positively influencing patient care delivery by adopting an inclusive and sharing approach in our classrooms.

Course content

Core subject areas are taught and then tailored to encompass group perspectives leading to the writing of a case study from their area of practice. The entire lifespan, cultural and diversity factors are embedded throughout each of the taught elements, with additional reading signposted for many aspects affecting diabetes. NICE and other key national and international research and guidance will be used to underpin concepts and lead discussions. Latest innovations in practice and current research will ensure learners remain at the cutting-edge of diabetes care. Liverpool John Moores University has a vast range of resources available to you at your fingertips, from our library to close links with local clinical areas delivering diabetes care.

This theory-based module is designed to offer a broad understanding of contemporary perspectives on diabetes care. Particular focus will be on the impact diabetes has on individuals and how healthcare professionals can optimise the care they receive.

The module is open to all registered healthcare professionals and the teaching is designed to encompass many aspects of a patient's journey, covering the entire lifespan, enabling the student to tailor their case study accordingly.

Topics covered include:

  • Diabetes overview - epidemiology
  • Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
  • Legislation, Frameworks and Quality Standards
  • Treatment options, monitoring and technology
  • Long term, short term and acute complications
  • Current research and evidence base
  • Lifespan – children, adolescence, pregnancy, older adults and end of life
  • Psychological and emotional impact of diabetes
  • Patient perspective
  • Ethical and cultural considerations

Teaching and learning

This course consists of 34 hours of taught study and 266 hours of private study.

Teaching Methods:

  • Lectures
  • Group discussion
  • Workshops
  • Directed study

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

  • Alternative qualifications considered

    In order to be considered for this course, you should be a Registered Healthcare Professional who will have contact with patients/clients/service users with diabetes or have a diploma in a healthcare related subject, or substantive practice experience working with people with diabetes.

Further information

How to apply

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU CPD application form. You will need to provide details of your qualifications and curent employment.


For this Diabetes CPD, you will be expected to complete two assessments:

  • a negotiated essay based around a case study of 4000 words which critically analyses the care received by an individual with diabetes mellitus (80% of marks)
  • a poster presentation (20% of marks)

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development can be studied within the MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice (Clinical) award framework or as a single CPD.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

Further guidance on programme changes.