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MEDI6106 Diabetes In the Young

Module Overview

Optimal diabetes management is crucial in childhood and young adulthood to prevent the long-term complications associated with diabetes. A multi-disciplinary team approach is necessary to support optimal diabetes outcomes in this group. You will explore the barriers and facilitators to optimal diabetes management, using enhanced clinical skills to support best practice diabetes management and psychological health. This module will provide you with an understanding of the complexities of paediatric diabetes, through transition to young adulthood and the challenges they pose. You will gain knowledge, through a structured approach, of specific factors that impact on diabetes self-management, family dynamics and decision-making in this group; and will be able to apply this knowledge in your own practice to help people with diabetes in a more holistic and person-centred way

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Examine the theories of development for child and young people and the impact of family dynamics following a diagnosis of diabetes
  • Compare the genetics, immunology, epidemiology and aetiology of type 1 and type 2 (including rare diabetes) in children and young people
  • Discuss the physiological effects of insulin and insulin deficiency
  • Critically review the need to prevent or minimise the progression of micro and macro-vascular disease in children and young people
  • Discuss the pubertal stages of development, impact of acute illness and impact of stress and associated changes required to insulin in children and young people with Type 1 diabetes
  • Gain practical insight in to advancing technologies in paediatrics; their use, appropriateness, evaluation and continued advancement
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse and apply the principles and practice of carbohydrate counting in the context of healthy eating
  • Implement a structured education programme for children and young people with clear understanding of specific outcome measures
  • Develop a good knowledge around quality improvement strategies and how to implement these to ensure optimal diabetes care
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Appraise the literature supporting structured diabetes education and appreciate the differences in applying this to children, young people and their families.
  • Select evidence-based approaches to treatment decisions, risk stratification and care planning for individuals with diabetes in different settings (including cultural diversity)
  • Critically review the factors associated with transition from paediatric to adult services in the care of young people with diabetes and their families, including loss to follow up and hard to reach groups


1. Theories of development and family dynamics following diagnosis of diabetes 2. Genetics, immunology, epidemiology and aetiology of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in children and young people 3. Physiology effects of insulin and insulin deficiency 4. Case discussions: supporting optimal self-management, including appropriate use of new technologies 5. Preventing micro and macro-vascular complications in children and young people 6. Carbohydrate counting and insulin dosing 7. Transition from paediatric to adult services and provision of consistent and appropriate healthcare 8. Evidence-based approaches to treatment decisions and care planning 9. Cultural diversity and adaptations to management (Ramadan, etc) 10. Structured diabetes education and its relevance at different stages of development

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning strategies will include: formal lectures, workshops, and practice based learning. The emphasis will be on student centered learning in which you will be supported by a wide range of resources. Staff, tutors and colleagues will support your professional learning. Lectures: Lectures will be interactive and multi-disciplinary where possible, to encourage deep learning and understanding. The University of Southampton and University Hospitals Southampton have nationally and internationally renowned experts in diabetes care and research. They already deliver highly rated teaching on the medical and allied health professionals student programmes in the University. Workshops: Workshops will encourage end-goal orientated group working skills, in a multi-disciplinary team. Practice based learning: Practice based learning will be used to encourage application of learned skills in a controlled environment.

Independent Study162
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Barnard, KD. and Lloyd, CE. (Editors) (2012). Psychology and Diabetes Care: A Practical Guide. There is a list of online/library resources on the module BlackBoard site that may be helpful.


Assessment Strategy

The pass mark for written and oral presentations is 50%. Compensation is allowed between assessments and can be carried forward to the final mark if the qualifying mark of 40% is reached.


MethodPercentage contribution
Interview  (15 minutes) 40%
Written assessment  (2500 words) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Computer: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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