Effective Diabetes Care for Pregnancy - Module

  • Course Code: LBR7592
  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: March 2020
  • Study mode: Part Time (100 hours), Distance Learning (100 hours)
  • Location: Online Learning

This module offers qualified health practitioners working with people experiencing diabetes an advanced career pathways which include higher level specialist practice, career progression in diabetes care, research development, publication opportunities and management of developing service opportunities

What's covered in the course?

This module recognises the importance of practitioners working with women with all types of diabetes, in planning, managing, delivering and evaluating effective evidence based diabetes care before, during and after pregnancy.  The risks of pregnancy in diabetes for the mother and baby and the reasons for the adverse outcomes will be critically examined with reference to national and international evidence and guidelines for practice. Diabetes occurring during pregnancy is becoming increasing more prevalent and the escalating public health risk of gestational diabetes is recognised.

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
  • You can study this module 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...

10 credits

This course is open to International students

  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: Module

Starting: Mar 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 100 hours
  • £680 per 20-credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Mar 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 100 hours
  • £680 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

Pre-conception counselling and good glycaemic management is paramount in determining later pregnancy outcome.  Knowledgeable practitioners who engage with evidence and guidelines can deliver effective, accessible and supportive care for women throughout each trimester. Evidence regarding the longer term implications of the intrauterine environment on the health of the baby is also integrated within this module. This module also develops leadership and evaluation skills in the delivery of diabetes care to women before, during and after pregnancies.

Indicative content

  • Pre-conception counselling and contraception
  • Good glycaemic management
  • Evidence and guidelines
  • Obesity and pregnancy
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Continuous glucose monitoring
  • Use of Technologies in pregnancy and delivery
  • Longer term implications of the intrauterine environment
  • Leadership and evaluation skills in the delivery of diabetes care to women before, during and after pregnancies.


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.

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

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

Theresa Smyth

Nurse Consultant in Diabetes

Theresa Smyth is the Nurse Consultant in Diabetes, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Theresa also is an honorary Associate Professor in Diabetes Care at BCU.

As Nurse Consultant, her role incorporates strategic planning, developing, managing and leading diabetes nursing services within the Trust; providing education programmes to diverse audiences within the Trust and higher education institutions; and leading clinical practice and research development.

Her clinical interests are preconception, pregnancy, multi-cultural issues and end of life care in patients with diabetes. She has published various articles and book chapters on a range of diabetes-related topics. Theresa is on the editorial board for Medicine Matters.

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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