Diabetes is on the increase according to the World Health Organisation. In the UK in particular, poor diet, obesity and an increase in old age are some of the contributing factors.
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of diabetes for those who work in the health and social care sector including care assistants, domiciliary care workers and support workers.
The qualification is a one unit award that will enable learners to have a basic knowledge of diabetes, the risks associated with development of diabetes and to explore treatment options including self-care. It allows the opportunity to undertake a knowledge based qualification around diabetes which is becoming more prevalent amongst those who require health and social care support.
The qualification has been developed in partnership with the Sector Skills Councils for Health and Social care taking in to consideration the need of the different country requirements including the involvement of people who use services, their carers and employers.
The new diabetes QCF units and qualifications will play a pivotal role in up-skilling the workforce, whilst contributing to a standardized education system. The target audience will cover a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas in both health and social care across all service user groups and ages, working in statutory (including NHS), private and voluntary agencies.
It is suitable for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and credit can also be accumulated towards the Health and Social Care level 2 & 3 Diploma the qualification used for occupational competence in Health and Social Care. Learning will also be recognised as progression towards the level 3 certificate in Working with Individuals with Diabetes.
It will enhance knowledge and understanding in the field of diabetes in relation to:
what is meant by diabetes
the risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes
treatment & management options for individuals with diabetes
how to respond to hypoglycaemia
how to respond to hyperglycaemia
identify the links between diabetes and other conditions such as:
– intercurrent illness
The qualification is proof that you have the right knowledge to underpin your practice and to do your job well. It is mapped to National Occupational Standards developed by the sector and other sector benchmarks. You can be confident your qualification is well respected within your industry.