Dr Mayank Patel and Dr Nicola Englyst
Dr Mayank Patel and Dr Nicola Englyst

Welcome to the course

The lead educators for this course are Dr Nicola Englyst and Dr Mayank Patel.

  • Nicola is an Associate Professor, Programme Leader for MSc Diabetes Best Practice and Lead for Mentoring Scheme at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton.

  • Mayank has worked for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust since December 2008 and is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Southampton.

Both Nicola and Mayank share an interest in improving knowledge and understanding concerning the use of insulin.

Your online mentoring team

During the course, Meera Parmar and Manuel León will be supporting Nicola and Mayank.

You can follow them by selecting the links to their FutureLearn profile pages and selecting ‘follow’. That way, you’ll be able to see all the comments that they make.

Key information about this course

Insulin is an essential diabetes medication, yet errors in prescribing and administering insulin occur frequently and can result in hypoglycaemia and even death. Improving knowledge of healthcare professionals, people with diabetes and their carers will improve insulin safe use.

We’ve endeavoured to produce a learning course where all information about insulin can be conveniently found in one place. We cover how insulin works, its physiology and biochemistry, through to its use clinically to help people control their diabetes.

This course seeks to present information on insulin in a way that will help reduce concerns around its clinical use and promote healthcare professional confidence.

Given that the vast majority of people with diabetes using insulin will not have regular access to a healthcare professional, the course will also be of relevance and interest to any of you who fall into this category, by providing an invaluable insight into how insulin can help you to live well with diabetes.

DISCLAIMER: All content and opinions presented throughout this course are for informational purposes only and do not constitute personal medical advice. If you have any concerns about a particular health condition or the management of your diabetes, please seek medical advice from a qualified practitioner or your diabetes care team. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something that you have read on this course.

For health professionals: Please note that the content and opinions presented throughout this course are provided for informational and reference purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. The course is not designed to take into account the individual circumstances of a patient and will not contain all the information you require to treat a patient. As such, it should not be used as a basis for prescribing any drugs or the care of any patient.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how insulin works to control blood glucose levels
  • Explain why a lack or reduced effectiveness of 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 affect 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

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Understanding Insulin

University of Southampton