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Caring for People Living with Diabetes - Module

  • Course Code: LBR6616, LBR7575
  • Level: CPD
  • Starting: January 2021
  • Study mode: Part Time (6 taught days)
  • Location: City South

Our Caring for People living with Diabetes course has been designed to advance an enhanced, in-depth critical understanding of diabetes. It is suitable for graduate healthcare professionals involved in delivery or support of individuals living with diabetes across the healthcare sector.

What's covered in the course?

It emphasises the holistic nature of diabetes care by a critical examination of best evidence into practice in diabetes care.

You will have the opportunity to both practise and critically examine the application of your skills developed throughout the module in a variety of settings.

Why Choose Us?

  • Taught by Clinical Specialists all engaged in delivery of person centred diabetes care
  • Best evidence into best practice in diabetes care
  • A clinical and academic union underpinning best evidence in diabetes care


This course is worth...

20 credits

This course is open to International students

Speak to an expert

Do you have a question about this course? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Send your question to the Course Director and they’ll get back to you shortly.

Contact Course Director

Alternatively, you can register for our next postgraduate open day.

Course Accreditations

University Hospitals Birmingham
  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: Module

Starting: Jan 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 6 taught days
  • £720 per 20-credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Jan 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 6 taught days
  • £720 per 20-credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for any registered practitioner who works alongside people experiencing diabetes in either primary care, acute care &/or mental health or learning disability services.

Level 6

Our Caring for People living with diabetes course has been designed to provide an enhanced, in-depth understanding of diabetes. It is suitable for healthcare professionals involved in delivery or support of individuals living with diabetes across the healthcare sector.

L6 Module Description
20 credits

Level 7

Our Caring for People living with Diabetes course has been designed to advance an enhanced, in-depth critical understanding of diabetes. It is suitable for graduate healthcare professionals involved in delivery or support of individuals living with diabetes across the healthcare sector.

L7 Module Description
20 credits

Course Structure

Students will be engaged in caring for people experiencing diabetes in a variety of practice settings. Each taught day is themed to support and scaffold development of learning into practice to develop your knowledge and skills in diabetes care.

Content covered within this module includes:

  • Overview of Glucose Homeostasis
  • Incidence & Prevalence of different type of diabetes
  • Dietary approaches, Health living aspects & pharmaceutical approaches in diabetes care
  • Insulin Therapy, adjustments & differing delivery systems including insulin pumps and Continuous glucose measurement (CGM systems)
  • Acute complications of diabetes
  • Preventing macro and microvascular complications of diabetes & effective management
  • Psychosocial aspects of living with diabetes
  • Special situations in diabetes across the life span & good practice
  • Special considerations for practice for example – end of life care

How you will be assessed

  • Level 6 assessment is a Podcast and a written clinical assignment
  • Level 7 is an assessed case presentation and preparation of a clinical article to aim for publication
University Hospitals Birmingham
University Hospitals Birmingham

This programme is a collaboration between Birmingham City University and the University Hospitals Birmingham Diabetes Team.

Course dates

Download the course dates for all of our Professional Practice modules here. 

Download 2020/21 course dates


  • 6 taught days 
  • With blended learning online support via Moodle

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Anne Phillips staff profile

Anne Phillips

Associate Professor in Diabetes Care

Anne Phillips is a Queens Nurse and a National Teaching Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. After a career in specialist and community diabetes nursing in London and Yorkshire, Anne previously worked with colleagues at the University of York and established a countrywide and international collaborative curriculum for Health Professionals in Diabetes Care. She also worked with Diabetes UK with clinical colleagues to provide an annual diabetes conference for primary care in the Northern & Yorkshire area.

Anne has a Honorary Contract as a Diabetes Research Nurse with the Diabetes Team at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Birmingham.

Theresa Smyth

Professor Theresa Smyth

Honorary Visiting Professor in Diabetes Care

Theresa is Nurse Consultant in Diabetes at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Visiting Professor in Diabetes Care at Birmingham City University. She co-leads and teaches on post-registration, BSc and MSc, courses on diabetes.

Read Theresa's full profile

Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact the Module Leader, Anne Phillips on:

Professional Navigators

Our Professional Navigator, Nicola Clarke, is also on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.

Professional practice routes

Have a look at all of our Professional Practice Healthcare routes available.

Professional Practice Routes