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Effective Person-centred Diabetes Education - 20 credits - Module

  • Course Code: LBR7590
  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: March 2021, September 2021
  • Study mode: Distance Learning (200 hours)
  • Location: Online Learning

Studying with us in 2020/21

While the majority of our teaching will be carried out face-to-face this year, you will be taught as part of a blended learning approach. This means that you will have a mix of on-campus and online learning. Find out more about learning and teaching in 2020/21.

This module emphasises the individual lived experience of diabetes in an age-appropriate way.  The holistic nature of diabetes and effective engagement during person-centred contact is critically examined. Reflection of ‘Making every contact count’ in a meaningful way to meet individual needs in promotion of knowledge and effective self-management skills is fundamental to this module.  Critical examination of current and emerging ways of delivering effective education, whilst acknowledging individual health literacy, with differing groups of people underpins this module

What's covered in the course?

This module is has been developed and is delivered with collaboration of the diabetes specialist teams at the internationally renowned Birmingham Children’s Hospital AND United Hospital NHS Trust, Birmingham and also Colleagues from the Department of Education at Birmingham city University.

Why Choose Us?

  • This module is delivered as a standalone, or as part of the MSc in Advancing Diabetes Care pathway
  • This module aligns with the post-graduate philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led
  • You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving
  • This module can be studies completely online
  • You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences within an online discussion forum with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities
  • You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feed forward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team


This course is worth...

20 credits

This course is open to International students

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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.

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

  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: Module

Starting: Mar 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 200 hours
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 200 hours
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Mar 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 200 hours
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 200 hours
  • £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 anyone who has a current professional registration from the country of your practice.

If you are an international student then you must obtain an IETS Score of 6.0 in all fields.

Course overview

This module is delivered online and contains filmed video vignettes, cast studies, student lead work areas, evidence resources, webinars and guided study approaches with regular access through the learning to your module leader and teaching team.

Indicative content

  • The individual lived experience of diabetes in an age-appropriate way
  • The holistic nature of diabetes
  • Effective engagement & person-centred care (including reasonable adjustments)
  • Making every contact count
  • Individual needs in promotion of knowledge and effective self-management skills
  • Age appropriate education
  • Cultural competence
  • Hard to reach communities
  • Listening to local voices
  • Current and emerging ways of delivering effective education
  • Individual health literacy
  • Flexible approaches to current education provision
  • Language matters
  • Communication
  • Evaluation of skill development and learning


Career pathways on completion of this programme include higher level specialist practice, career progression in diabetes care, research development, publication opportunities and management of developing service opportunities.


Reflective accounts of three experiences of teaching individuals or groups about aspects of their diabetes and peer review of teaching experiences.

This course is delivered through the an online learning resource, with online study materials to guide you through the appropriate topics, as well as providing links to other resources. You will also need textbooks, and a full reading list is provided with each module syllabus.

Although it is taught by distance learning, you will still have regular contact with your module tutor by email or telephone. We also offer optional periodic seminar talks where you can meet the course team, along with your fellow students.

Anne Phillips staff profile

Dr 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.

Read Anne's full profile

Wasim Hanif

Professor Wasim Hanif

Visiting Professor of Diabetes and Endocrinology

Professor Wasim Hanif is a Consultant Physician at University Hospital Birmingham and is also a Visiting Professor of Diabetes and Endocrinology her at Birmingham City University. 

Module Leader

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

Further Study

You can take this module as part of the MSc in Advancing Diabetes Care. 

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