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October 10, 2006

More independence for people with diabetes thanks to unique diabetes course for hospital staff

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The health service has devoted much time and effort to enable people with diabetes to self manage their condition. However, they often have to attend hospital for other reasons and this can dramatically affect their diabetes. They can find that their diabetes care is disrupted in hospital because it is not treated with high enough priority. Hospital staff often say that they find diabetes difficult to manage and don’t know enough about it. Now a unique new course is playing a key role in addressing the need both for education of hospital staff, and to improve the experience and care of people with diabetes in hospital settings.

Warwick Diabetes Care, part of the University of Warwick’s Warwick Medical School has just launched this pioneering, accredited, ‘Management of Diabetes in Hospital Clinical Areas’ course (MDHCA) which is designed to be taught locally at each hospital. This course is the first of its kind in the UK and timely, having been designed to meet the long identified gap in learning opportunities for staff, and the competences associated with the Skills for Health framework. The course will help Acute Trusts implement national health policy relating to: meeting the requirements of Standard 8 of the NSF for Diabetes, enhancing the experience of people with diabetes being treated in hospital, and reducing emergency admissions for people with diabetes.

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