Certificate in Diabetes Care
The Certificate in Diabetes Care (CIDC) course is the UK’s leading foundation course in diabetes care. Over 10,000 healthcare professionals have enrolled on the course which provides the practical knowledge and skills necessary to provide an effective and efficient service for people with diabetes.
Sensitive to the constraints on busy healthcare professionals, the course aims to link theory directly with practice. The course is designed to meet the educational needs of all healthcare professionals with an interest in diabetes care and the assessments for the course builds upon existing knowledge and helps to develop new skills.
Please note: Healthcare professionals need to be working in a clinical setting and working with people who have diabetes mellitus to undertake this course.
Course title: Certificate in Diabetes Care
Duration: nine months
Study mode: Part-time/Online/In local area
The course philosophy emphasises the needs and concerns of people with diabetes, those who care for them and in particular, the importance of enabling the person with diabetes to manage his/her own health care. The existing skills and experience of course participants are valued, shared and utilised within the programme.
Participants are at the centre of the learning process, taking an active role throughout and are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning in a supportive and facilitative environment.
The course meets the educational needs of all healthcare professionals with an interest in diabetes care. This includes GPs, nurses, doctors, diabetes nurse specialists, pharmacists, dietitians, optometrists and chiropodists. Other suitably qualified and experienced applicants may be accepted on the course at the discretion of the CIDC Course Director.
For those working in a hospital environment, our Management of Diabetes in Hospital Clinical Areas certificate is more tailored to your specific requirements.
During the programme, we expect that you will:
- Develop, extend and enrich your existing knowledge about diabetes and the care of people with diabetes, adapting your professional practice to all you have learnt
- Take the opportunity to explore existing attitudes and beliefs in the practice of diabetes care
- Explore and discuss the value of team working in diabetes care
- Recognise the importance of interpersonal and effective communication skills in relationships with people with diabetes, family members/carers and colleagues in the delivery of diabetes care
- Understand how you learn and how you apply your learning to your professional practice
- Extend your network of people working in diabetes care, to share experiences, to have fun and develop supportive relationships, and achieve an accredited qualification in diabetes care from The University of Warwick
To enable students to combine work and study, the course is undertaken over nine months and comprises 5 days of supported study sessions (6 days for the distance delivery programme).
The course emphasises:
- Work-based learning
- Practical experience
- Self-directed learning
The taught study days take place over the first 6 months of the course during which time students will be encouraged to take an active role in their own learning and have the opportunity to share experiences and practice with tutors and fellow students. A great deal of learning takes place within small group settings and active learning is encouraged by the exchange of knowledge/information/experiences between students.
Many topics will be covered including:
- The diagnosis and classification of diabetes mellitus
- Lifestyle changes
- Long term complications
- Acute Complications and treatment options
The taught component of the course forms only a small part of the whole course, therefore, students will need to identify their own learning needs and be prepared to undertake study within their own time. The course is offered at level 5 (FHEQ); this is to ensure the course is open to as many healthcare professionals as possible who may not wish to pursue an academic course of study, but wish to be able to deliver good quality diabetes care and management within the primary care environment.
Students who wish to pursue topics in greater depth can do so within their own time and utilise the range of facilities offered by the University. Skills learned during this course of study can be used in any future study. The University offer courses at master level in diabetes for those students who wish to specialise in this area of medicine or gain a higher academic qualification.
The CIDC on-site courses are held at Warwick Medical School (WMS) at The University of Warwick in Coventry.
To enable students to combine work and study, the course is undertaken over nine months and comprises five days of supported study sessions, work-based learning, practical experience and self-directed learning. The study days take place over the first 6 months during which you will take an active role with opportunities to share experiences and practice with others on the programme.
The study sessions encompass 35 face-to-face study hours and in addition you will undertake self-directed learning. A CIDC course workbook and resources are provided at the first session.
The courses at WMS are held regularly throughout the year. The study days usually run from 9:30–4:30 and students will be required to attend all study days. In exceptional circumstances, you can miss one study day as long as it is not Day 1.
Next course dates
September 2015 - Please note the May 2015 course is now full. We are not accepting any new applications for this date
- Day 1: 16 September 2015
- Day 2: 14 October 2015
- Day 3: 11 November 2015
- Day 4: 16 December 2015
- Day 5: 13 January 2016
- Project Due: 17 June 2016
The online course allows you to study at your own pace online. There is no requirement for you to attend the on-site study days. The benefits of this method include:
- Online tutor support from a dedicated teaching fellow
- Excellent online library resources
- Work flexibly to fit with your clinical workload
- 24/7 access to electronic resources
The course runs 2-3 times a year. The next course starts on:
- 26 October 2015. Please note applications for the April 2015 course have now closed as this course is full.
Please consider the following requirements which will help you to decide if this online course is right for you.
- Self motivation to study
- The ability and willingness to undertake work independently and to deadlines
- The personal commitment to follow a distance learning course
- Allocation of adequate study time
- Support mechanisms both at home and at work
- Technical (please read this information before registering for an online course)
- All students will need access to a computer with a minimum of 64mb RAM, a graphics card supporting 800x600 resolution, a sound card, broadband internet connection, speakers/headphones, Microsoft Windows and email facilities
- Ability to send and receive emails, Word documents and PDFs and upload files
- Ability to use online communication tools e.g email and discussion forums
For students who are unsure about committing to a entirely online course, we now offer a blended learning option. This allows students to attend the earlier sessions on-site, meeting tutor and colleagues, then continuing the course through online learning.
|Session 1: Living with diabetes; diagnosis; care pathways; behaviour change||On-site|
|Session 2: Nutrition; physical activity; oral therapies, cardiovascular risk||On-site|
|Session 3: Insulin treatments; blood glucose monitoring; acute complications||On-site|
|Session 4: Long term complications (foot disease; neuropathy; nephropathy; eye disease; sexual health)||Online|
|Session 5: Special groups (older people, paediatrics/adolescence; BME groups; people with learning difficulties); gestational diabetes||Online|
Warwick offer three programmes based on a local delivery model: the Certificate in Diabetes (CIDC) the Management of Diabetes in Hospital Clinical Areas (MDHCA) and Optimising Glycaemic Control (OGC).
The local delivery model involves preparing your local diabetes specialists (e.g. Diabetes Specialist Nurses, doctors, dietitians, podiatrists, etc) to be Advanced Leaders and facilitate and deliver the courses in your locality. The CIDC programme focuses on care of diabetes in primary care settings, the MDHCA focuses on care of diabetes in secondary care settings and will help to fulfil quality standards 11 and 12 (N.I.C.E. 2011) and the Optmising Glycaemic control programme helps clinicians work with their patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus to optimise glycaemic control (using third level therapies).
The strength of these programmes is that they can be tailored in accordance with your local diabetes service agreements and local guidelines. Equally importantly, they offer professional development and skill enhancement for your Advanced Leaders.
Warwick Medical School has an unsurpassed reputation for high quality learning and has been shown to bring about significant improvements in diabetes care throughout the UK.
For information about the availability of courses in your area, please contact your local Primary/Secondary Care Organisation diabetes lead.
If your PCT/Hospital wishes to start a distance delivery course or would like WMS to arrange for the course to be taught in your local area, please contact us.
All applicants need to hold a recognised health related qualification (registered nurse/dietitian/podiatrist/doctor). In order to meet the needs of the assessment process, applicants will need to be working in a clinical setting and working with people who have diabetes mellitus to undertake this course.
Prospective students should have a basic knowledge and understanding of the following:
- The diagnosis and classification of diabetes mellitus
- Lifestyle changes
- Long term complications
- Acute complications
- Treatment options
Additional requirements for online study
All students will need access to a computer with a minimum of 64mb RAM, a graphics card supporting 800x600 resolution, a sound card, broadband internet connection, speakers/headphones, Microsoft Windows and email facilities.
The Education Team comprises Senior Teaching Fellows with a range of backgrounds all of whom have extensive theoretical knowledge and practical experience. Backgrounds include:
- Diabetes specialist nursing
- General practice
Additional support is provided from a multidisciplinary team of University of Warwick Associate Clinical Teachers (Advanced Leaders).
The CIDC is assessed and accredited by The University of Warwick to provide 30 CATS points at Level 5 (FHEQ). Participants undertake three pieces of coursework:
- Case study
- Audit of care
- Written project of approx 3,000 words
The case study and audit are practical pieces of work which are peer-reviewed during the course. These pieces of work will help you to understand what you have learnt during the course and apply it to your practice. You will write a brief report on your findings and recommendations for change in practice and report these to small groups of your peers on the course.
Your project will analyse the impact of changes you have made to your practice following your audit and is submitted for marking three months after the final study day. It will be based on the findings and recommendations from your audit and will demonstrate the implementation of a chosen topic area to your clinical practice.
You will receive feedback from your Course Leader to help you develop your assignment writing skills for the marked project. Senior Teaching Fellows at Warwick Medical School are available to support you throughout your course.
Projects submitted by CIDC students have included:
- Diabetes Lifestyle Clinics in the Community
- Implementing an Annual Review form for use in the outpatient clinic
- Education and Empowerment of Diabetic Patients in the Community
- Intensive Glucose control in People with Diabetes Mellitus in Primary Care to Reduce complications
The University has developed a range of online facilities to help students develop the necessary skills to complete this course of study (help with referencing, searching the literature, writing an assignment).