Diabetes training available on our Learning Hub

This Diabetes Awareness Week, look at the latest courses available on our Learning Hub.   

Diabetes Training on our Learning HubNearly five million people in the UK have diabetes; with 40% saying it affects their psychological wellbeing. Diabetes can also have a long-term physical impact on the body, such as affecting patients’ eyesight through diabetic retinopathy, where blood vessels in the back of the eye swell. We are also learning more and more each day about the risks COVID-19 poses to people with diabetes.

King’s Health Partners Diabetes, Endocrinology and Obesity serves approximately two million patients across south east England, making it the largest provider of these services in the UK. Our goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with diabetes and obesity. One way we do this is through the variety of online training opportunities our Education Academy provides to support our staff and students’ and ensure they can continue to deliver the best possible patient care.

To mark Diabetes Awareness Week we look at some of the online opportunities for you to learn more about diabetes at King’s Health Partners:

Psychology, Diabetes and COVID-19

This live webinar series provides a virtual space for people with diabetes to discuss the psychological impacts of living with their condition during COVID-19.

Prof Khalida Ismail, professor of psychiatry and medicine, King’s College London, Dr Rebecca Upsher and Emma Konstantara, from our King’s Health Partners Diabetes, Psychiatry and Psychology research group, host the series.

The event takes place every Thursday at 12pm via Zoom. Each week, Prof Ismail interviews an individual living with diabetes, followed by discussions with diabetes healthcare professionals on toolkits and self-help materials to support patients.

Depression in diabetes

40% of diabetics are affected psychologically by their condition, and the connection between depression and diabetes is associated with worse outcomes for patients, such as poor glycaemic control, increased complications and mortality.

Understanding depression is vital for the holistic care of patients, so our Learning Hub course provides an introduction to depression for all healthcare professionals who work with diabetic patients.

Using patient clinical cases and examples of patient consultations, this course aims to develop healthcare professionals’ skills in assessing and treating depression as an integrated part of diabetes care.

Fight the fads – nutrition advice

King’s College London student dieticians created this course to debunk the latest nutritional myths and fad diets. They share short videos and articles on evidence-based science about nutrition, diets and health.

‘Fight the fads’ is a unique source of information that can be used to inform your own eating choices, as well as helping to support patients interested in improving their diets.

ThinkGlucose: Inpatient Care for People with Diabetes

More than 20% of inpatients at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust have diabetes, which puts them at higher risk for complications during their stay in hospital. The Trust has adopted the ThinkGlucose toolkit to help ward staff treating patients with diabetes.

The toolkit demonstrates how to use blood glucose monitoring charts and guidelines, giving staff the decision making tools they need to assess and treat diabetic patients in the right way. For example, for a diabetic patient admitted for a chest infection, whose triage guidelines do not meet the criteria for referral to the diabetes team, staff on the ward would need to establish their blood glucose target range. Staff are able to record the target range on the blood glucose chart by ticking a relevant box. Recording the patient’s glucose levels in this way means staff avoid mistakes, and when they handover a patient’s notes at the end of the shift, their employees have all the information they need.

This Learning Hub module includes a short video introducing the toolkit and demonstrating how to use the blood glucose-monitoring chart and guidelines. This is followed by a guided tutorial to practice using the toolkit.

With more than 80 courses for all levels from student to CEO, King's Health Partners offers you education and training opportunities to develop your skills and advance your career.