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U18s type 1 Diabetes eLearning course launched ahead of World Diabetes Day

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A new eLearning course has been launched ahead of World Diabetes Day on November 14 which aims to help healthcare professionals to treat and manage under 18-year-olds with Type 1 Diabetes.

Developed by Skills for Health and HEAL.med, the ‘Type 1 diabetes management in children and young people course’ provides those with no prior knowledge of the disease with an introductory framework to treat patients effectively.

On completing 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.

The course has been developed in partnership by clinical experts from University of Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust and HEAL.med, a social enterprise specialising in diabetes education.

The diabetes management course is available now via the Skills for Health eLearning Platform.

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

“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 – the registered charity which offers the ‘Type 1 diabetes management in children and young people course’ via its Skills Platform eLearning website.

Walker said:

“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.”

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