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Diabetes Practice in Primary Care

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Diabetes Practice in Primary Care

Key facts

Module code: MDM59
Credit value: 20
Level: 7 
Total study hours: 200
Assessment method: Coursework
Module leader: Dr Wajeeha Aziz 
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Module description

This module aims to enable primary care practices to fulfill the requirements of the National Service Framework for the provision of diabetes care in primary care. It seeks to enhance clinicians’ existing knowledge of diabetes and its management in a primary care setting to improve patient outcomes.

Module aims

The module aims to enable primary care practitioners to fulfill the requirements of the National service framework in the provision of Diabetes care in Primary settings. The module will provide a comprehensive understanding of assessments, critical evaluations, and management of Diabetes in primary care to improve patient outcomes.It aims to give a broad grounding in Insulin management and therapeutics, which can be built upon in module MDM177.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate: 

  • Comprehensive knowledge of assessment and management of diabetes in the context of the primary care setting including reversal and remission of Diabetes;
  • Critical evaluation of diagnostic tests, screening and monitoring used for people living with diabetes;
  • Understanding the importance of secondary prevention and strategies to achieve this
  • The ability to apply this knowledge and understanding to a range of situations frequently encountered in the community and in defined groups.

Module content

Basic science, diagnosis, dietary management and remission:

  • Importance and organisation of Diabetes in the NHS
  • Aetiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of Diabetes mellitus
  • Patient education and dietary management of Diabetes
  • Reversal and remission of Diabetes

Drug treatments for Diabetes, Hypoglycaemia and Glucose monitoring:

  • Glucose and Ketone monitoring in people with Diabetes
  • Oral glucose lowering therapies and non-insulin injectable therapies
  • Insulin management and hypoglycaemia primer
  • Diabetes care planning (Annual Review) and case studiesIntroduction to the complications of Diabetes

Complications of Diabetes – Focus on secondary prevention:

  • Cardiovascular risk management in Diabetes
  • Diabetic eye complications and screening
  • Renal complications of Diabetes
  • Psychological complications of Diabetes
  • Diabetic foot complications

Diabetes in Defined Groups:

  • Preconception and pregnancy in Diabetes
  • Diabetes in children and young people
  • Diabetes in the older person
  • Diabetes and mental health
  • Future trends and Q and A
  • Patient Plenary


Feedback from previous students on this module includes:

"All the sessions have enhanced my knowledge and increased my confidence."

"Good basis in diabetes with useful information on current therapies and insulins."

"Really enjoyed the course, very beneficial and I can use the information in a practical format."


Entry requirements

The module is open to post-registration doctors and qualified practitioners with relevant clinical experience in any profession allied to medicine.