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Understanding Insulin

Learn more about all things insulin: from how it works, to insulin types, to side effects and how to prescribe it for diabetes.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Understanding Insulin

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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.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • 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.

Who will you learn with?

Nicola Englyst

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.

Mayank Patel

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?

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

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $89 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.