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Insulin Safety: Getting it Right

Skills for Health
Delivery Method: eLearning


Insulin is one of the top three high risk medications and error is common. The development of over 30 different insulin products and a variety of devices has led to confusion among both people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals.

NHS Improvement identifies moderate to severe harm or death caused by insulin error. In the last decade attempts have been made to upskill people with diabetes and healthcare professionals (NHS Digital 2018) with varying levels of success.

This elearning module, written by Trend Diabetes, has been designed to help reduce the errors in the prescription and administration of insulin

Course content
  • Introduction including background to insulin use
  • The right insulin for the right person
  • The right device
  • The right dose
  • The right time
  • The right way including injection technique
  • Risks, side effects and safety precautions
What will learners get out of it?

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Have learned about insulin and where it is commonly used.
  • Have gained an understanding of different types of insulin and regimens including biosimilar and high concentration insulin.
  • Understand the need for correct injection technique.
  • Be aware of how to use varying types of delivery systems safely.
  • Describe how often people on insulin therapy should monitor blood glucose levels.
  • Be able to describe the common causes of insulin errors for prescribers, suppliers, and in those handling or administering insulin.
  • Understand the risks and safety precautions required when using insulin.
Who is the course for?

This course is for all healthcare professionals who handle, prescribe and/or administer insulin.

Accreditations and endorsements

The course was developed by Trend Diabetes.

Duration & CPD

1 hour approximate, equivalent to 1 CPD point.


Click 'book now' below then follow the checkout process. On receipt of your order, the elearning team will be in touch to arrange access, please allow 24 hours. Learners can access and re-visit the course for one year.


Completion every 12 months is advised if regularly administering, handling or prescribing insulin.

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