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Certificate in Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes

Our Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes (RQF) is an accredited qualification on which you will learn about the different types of diabetes and how they can occur, how the onset of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed with lifestyle changes and the on-going care and treatment of diabetes to control blood sugar levels.

The four modules are theory based, provided as a remote learning opportunity with assignments, workbooks and resources provided.

Course Details

Qualification Name: Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes (RQF)
Accreditation: iCQ OfQual recognised qualification
OfQual Qualification Accreditation Number (QAN): 603/5281/4
Average time to completion: 4 to 6 weeks

Course Content

Module 1

Understand the prevention and early intervention of Type 2 diabetes

Know the risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes

  1. Identify the most common risk factors associated with the development of Type 2 diabetes
  2. Explain how an individual can:
    • a) Reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
    • b) Prevent developing Type 2 Diabetes
    • c) Delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes

Understand factors relating to the prevention of Type 2 diabetes

  1. State the different methods used to assess individuals at risk of Type 2 diabetes
  2. Identify the tests available for monitoring individuals at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
  3. Explain the reasons why frequent monitoring tests should be undertaken

Understand how diet, exercise and lifestyle affect Type 2 diabetes

  1. Describe why it is important that individuals with Type 2 diabetes have a balanced diet
  2. Outline how carbohydrates affect blood glucose levels
  3. Describe why a carbohydrate-controlled diet in preventing prolonged raised blood glucose levels is important
  4. Explain the importance of weight management for people with Type 2 diabetes
  5. Explain how exercise can lower blood glucose levels
  6. Explain how the following can affect diabetes:
    • a) smoking
    • b) alcohol
    • c) substance
    • d) a sedentary lifestyle

Module 2

Understand the primary care and detection of diabetes

Know the social impact of diabetes

  1. Explain how living with diabetes can affect and individual in different ways
  2. Outline how the attitudes and behaviour of others may have an impact on an individual with diabetes
  3. Identify how social attitudes can be improved towards people with diabetes
  4. State the legal rights an individual with diabetes has
  5. Describe how the law relates to drivers who have diabetes
  6. Explain why individuals who have diabetes should inform their employer

Understand how to work with individuals to manage diabetes

  1. Explain why a person-centred approach is important when working with an individual with diabetes
  2. Describe how individuals can be supported to make informed decisions about managing their condition
  3. Outline how to work with individuals to develop self-care skills for managing diabetes
  4. Outline the advice given to individuals with diabetes in relation to:
    • a) nutrition
    • b) exercise
    • c) lifestyle
  5. Describe different types of support individuals can access to help an individual self-management their diabetes

Know how diabetes is monitored

  1. Identify the normal range of:
    • a) blood glucose
    • b) blood pressure
  2. Explain the importance of accurately monitoring:
    • a) blood glucose
    • b) urine
    • c) blood pressure
  3. Identify what equipment is needed for monitoring diabetes
  4. Identify what tests are used to monitor diabetes
  5. Explain how the recording and reporting of diabetes monitoring is completed
  6. Outline how individuals with diabetes can be encouraged to contribute to the monitoring of their condition

Module 3

Understand the treatment and management of diabetes

Know how diabetes is treated

  1. Outline the care pathway for diabetes
  2. Describe the different types of medication used to treat:
    • a) Type 1 diabetes
    • b) Type 2 diabetes
  3. Explain why diet and exercise is important for optimising blood glucose levels
  4. Outline how different forms of treatment can impact on an individual’s daily life

Know the treatment for hypoglycaemia

  1. Identify:
    • a) common causes of hypoglycaemia
    • b) signs and symptoms of hypoglycaemia
  2. Identify how hypoglycaemia can be confirmed in an emergency
  3. Describe what action should be taken if an individual has hypoglycaemia

Know the treatment for hyperglycaemia

  1. Identify:
    • a) possible causes of hyperglycaemia
    • b) signs and symptoms of hyperglycaemia
  2. Explain what action should be taken if an individual has hyperglycaemia
  3. Describe what is meant by diabetic ketoacidosis

Understand the complications that can occur as a result of diabetes

  1. Outline the impact of stress and illness on an individual’s blood glucose levels
  2. Describe what complications can occur in association with diabetes
  3. Explain the links between diabetes and:
    • a) cardiovascular disease
    • b) dementia
    • c) depression
  4. Describe the long-term health consequences of developing type 2 diabetes

Understand ways to prevent or detect complications associated with diabetes

  1. State different ways to prevent illness and infection for individuals with diabetes
  2. Explain how regular diabetic monitoring can help to prevent complications occurring
  3. Describe the regular screening process used by health professionals for early detection of long-term complications
  4. Explain why foot care is important for people with diabetes
  5. Identify why for pre-pregnancy planning is needed for those with diabetes
  6. Explain why maintaining suitable blood glucose levels during pregnancy is important

Module 4

Understanding Diabetes

Understand the function of glucose in the blood

  1. Explain what ‘blood glucose’ is
  2. Outline what these are:
    • a) Simple carbohydrates
    • b) Complex Carbohydrates
  3. Explain what the differences are between simple and complex carbohydrates
  4. Define what these terms mean:
    • a) Glycaemia
    • b) Hypoglycaemia
    • c) Hyperglycaemia
  5. Describe what the pre-diabetic states are

Understand the function of insulin in the blood

  1. Explain how insulin is produced in the body
  2. Outline how blood glucose levels are affected by insulin
  3. Describe what ‘insulin resistance’ means

Understand the different forms and causes of diabetes

  1. Identify and explain what is meant by the term ‘diabetes’
  2. Describe Type 1 diabetes including:
    • a) Features
    • b) Causes
    • c) Signs and symptoms
  3. Describe Type 2 diabetes including:
    • a) Features
    • b) Causes
    • c) Signs and symptoms
  4. Explain how gestational diabetes occurs

Understand how diabetes is confirmed

  1. Identify the prevalence of different forms of diabetes in the UK
  2. Outline the screening process for diabetes

Funding and Pricing

Including Assignment, Workbook and Resources:

The full cost of this qualification is £120 per person which is duly invoiced at the point of enrolment.

* You will need to be registered with the Workforce Development Fund if you wish to claim back costs.
** The claim-back £GBP value quoted above was correct as of 28th March 2022.

Upon completion and certification of this qualification, the certificate(s) for your staff members will be sent to you along with all of the supporting data and information required for you to submit your WDF costs claim. This makes the claims process very simple and straightforward. This service is provided as part of the original service charge. No extra fees will apply.

Funding Availability for Care Employers

This care qualification can be funded by Skills for Care as part of the Workforce Development Fund (WDF). The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). It supports the provision of high-quality care and the continuing professional development (CPD) of staff across the adult social care sector by providing a contribution towards the costs of vocational learning. The fund allows you to claim back money towards the costs of workers completing a broad range of adult social care qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules.

Organisations wishing to access the funding must meet the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) requirements for WDF. Further details on this can be accessed on the Skills for Care Website here.

Quality Assurance

This Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes is accredited to the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF), the new framework for creating and accrediting qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OfQual) regulates this qualification, examinations and assessments in England.

Complete Training is an approved registered centre with the OFQUAL regulated awarding organisation ‘I Can Qualify‘ (iCQ). All our qualifications are subject to both internal and external quality assurance processes to ensure we meet all of the awarding body specifications. All course materials are developed to meet the specific outcomes that make up the full qualification.

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