With the ever increasing complexity, uncertainty and limitations for the increasing number of medications for diabetes it is essential that healthcare professionals are able to make informed treatment choices. Treatment should be individualised to benefit the patient and to achieve goals that are patient specific not target driven.
Patients with diabetes are living longer, but with this, treatment of diabetes is becoming more complex. Diabetes is a progressive disorder and often over time multiple organs may become affected leading to pharmacokinetic issues. Along with these issues there are a growing number of treatments to understand in a rapidly evolving evidence base and with the costs of diabetes care in the NHS ever increasing there are conflicting influences beginning to emerge when prescribing in the NHS.
This module will also provide you with an understanding of dietary management as an integral part of diabetes care. Concepts around weight management in type 2 diabetes and carbohydrate counting in type 1 diabetes are covered.
The multidisciplinary approach to teaching on this module typically will include teaching and interactions with pharmacists, dietitians, nutritionists, doctors, diabetes specialist nurses, scientists, people who have diabetes, and University staff including IT, library staff and the programme team. This multidisciplinary teaching will benefit your knowledge of diabetes team working.