Developing an Understanding of Diabetes Care

Primary Care Training Centre
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

Course Delivery & Duration

The course begins with a mandatory one-day workshop followed by four months of self-directed study during which the student will have regular contact with a named course tutor who will support the student with their academic work. A learning pack linked to clinical activities complements the self-directed study.

This course is available as accredited by Teesside University or as a standalone course. On the accredited course, you will be required to submit two pieces of written work.

Suitable For

Health Care Assistant


Teesside University UCCE Developing an Understanding of Diabetes Care 20 credits level 4

Outline Content

This four-month course is designed specifically for healthcare assistants working in primary care who are assisting healthcare professionals in the management of clients with diabetes. It enhances their knowledge and skills in the field of diabetes in relation to the care of clients with the disease and their families.

Prior to acceptance onto the course, students should identify a registered nurse mentor who will support them in the clinical environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Explain the principles of diagnosing diabetes
  • Explain the monitoring and management of people with diabetes to prevent diabetic complications
  • Gather, record and describe the data to assess the care and management of people with diabetes
  • Apply given methods to support people in the self-management of their diabetes
  • Identify people at high risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Describe the importance of a multi-professional approach to care
  • Recognise the role of the HCA in giving health promotion and support in the management of people with diabetes
  • Identify the different services available to support the care of people with diabetes
  • Demonstrate writing skills appropriate to the level of study


On the accredited course, assessment is by submission of two pieces of written work:

Part 1 - Submitted by Week 8 (30%)
A 1,500-word essay based upon a given patient scenario which focuses upon the screening for diabetes within the primary care setting.

Part 2 - Submitted by Week 16 (70%)
A 2,500-word essay which focuses on the role of the healthcare assistant in the management of people with diabetes in primary care.

Dates available on arrangement

Primary Care Training Centre can also create this course for you on arrangement either at your workplace or at one of their locations.

If there are sufficient students (usually 20-24 students), our tutors can come to you at a big saving in time as well as travel and accommodation costs for the students. We call these courses/study days delivered in your area Satellites.

We make it easy to organise training. We come to you and we guarantee improvements in patient care and outcomes. The course content and teaching is identical wherever the teaching days are held. Please contact the Training Centre to discuss how we can assist you with your training needs.
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