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Module NHS-3149:
Diabetes Nursing

Module Facts

Run by School of Health Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Mrs Heather Bloodworth

Overall aims and purpose

The increased incidence of diabetes presents a considerable challenge to health care professionals employed in the NHS. Currently, 7.3% of the population (17 years and over) in Wales are known to have diabetes. It is estimated that a further 50,000 individuals have undiagnosed diabetes (WAG, 2016). Consequently, this module has been designed to cover all aspects of diabetes care and is essential in ensuring that those health care professionals working in the field of diabetes are fully au fait with the wealth of contemporary theoretical and practical knowledge relating to the management of the condition and its complications, and will enable them to deliver evidence-based practice when caring for this group of patients.

Course content

Nurses role in the care and management including monitoring of blood glucose, diagnostic investigations, nutritional requirements and health education of patients with diabetes. Evidence based practice and local policies and procedures associated with diabetic patients. Psychosocial impacts of diagnosis and coping. Multi-disciplinary team working including family and carers providing support in both primary and secondary care settings.

Assessment Criteria


Very good understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module and evidence of additional evidence gained by the student. Very good understanding of issues relating to diabetes. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade A- in the Grading Criteria


Basic understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module. Basic understanding of issues relating to diabetes. Students will be required to achieve a minimum of D- grade in the assignment to in order to pass the theory component of the module.

C- to C+

Demonstrates a good understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module. Good understanding of issues relating to diabetes which equates to a minimum mark of Grade C- in the Grading Criteria.


Very Good understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module. Good understanding of issues relating to diabetes disease. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade B-in the Grading Criteria.

Learning outcomes

  1. Analyse and review the main types of diabetes; their treatment and management, making reference to national & international guidelines.

  2. Critically appraise the evidence to support the strategies available to promote behavioral change, health promotion and self-care.

  3. Demonstrate an ability to synthesize and evaluate the evidence base to make sound judgements regarding treatment and patient management options.

  4. Critically examine and evaluate the role of the multidisciplinary team when managing diabetic patients.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
literature review 100
Clinical Competencies 0

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Clinical competencies


Lectures x 7 days= 70 hours

Private study

Directed reading and e learning via Blackboard 30 hours


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in