Learn more about all things insulin: from how it works, to insulin types, to side effects and guidance on how to prescribe safely.

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Understand prescribing and using insulin

The current spend on diabetes care by the NHS is estimated to be £1.6 million pounds per hour. 80% of this is spent on managing diabetes complications, the risk of which can be significantly reduced through effective blood glucose control using insulin.

This course will increase your knowledge about insulin covering safe prescribing, effective clinical use and how different insulins work. If you are a healthcare professional it will equip you with the skills to help you reduce insulin-related errors or if you have diabetes it should show you why insulin is so important for living well. The course won a 2020 Quality in Care Diabetes award.

What topics will you cover?

• An introduction to insulin and diabetes
• How the body controls blood glucose concentrations
• How insulin works and what happens in diabetes
• Types of insulin available for clinical use
• Clinical indications for using insulin
• Administration of insulin
• Factors affecting insulin performance
• The side effects of insulin

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe how insulin works to control blood glucose levels
  • Explain why a lack or reduced effectiveness insulin in diabetes results in high blood glucose levels and how long term high blood glucose levels can lead to complications in diabetes
  • Compare the different types of insulins and their clinical uses
  • Describe how to prescribe and administer insulin safely
  • Identify the side effects of insulin and other factors that can affects its clinical performance
  • Explain how the safe and correct use of insulin can lead to well controlled diabetes and contribute to a good quality of life

Who is the course for?

This course has been primarily created for healthcare professionals to help reduce concerns around prescribing and managing insulin. However it might be also of interest to people with diabetes who do not have regular access to a healthcare professional and who want to find out more about how insulin works.

What do people say about this course?

"I found this course to be extremely interesting, informative and very easy to understand. Thank you for everyone's input. As a non-practising Registered Nurse, although still working within the health industry, I enjoy keeping up to date with information relating to the medical profession."

"Many thanks for an enjoyable, interesting, informative course that has helped my understanding of my Diabetes Type 2. "

Who will you learn with?

I am the Programme Leader for the MSc Diabetes Best Practice course at the University of Southampton, as well as having an active research career and running the Faculty of Medicine mentoring scheme.

I am a Doctor who works as a Diabetes Specialist. I have an interest in education and am always keen to broaden my horizons!

Who developed the course?

University of Southampton

Southampton is a place for ambitious people keen to stretch their intellectual abilities and help change the world.

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