About the Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme

A diabetes competency-based e-learning platform

The Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme was designed and tested by a multi-disciplinary diabetes specialist team consisting of nurses, dietitians, podiatrists, health care assistants, general practitioners and hospital consultants.

It is based on UK nationally recognised diabetes framework of competencies for healthcare practitioners, to ensure that they have the right diabetes skills and knowledge to support patients living with diabetes.

The various UK diabetes competency frameworks CDEP utilises are:

CDEP's content is continually reviewed and further developed to ensure the learning opportunities offered are evidence-based, up-to-date and relevant to the target audience. CDEP's outcomes are routinely audited to ensure we are meeting healthcare practitioners needs.

CDEP audit outcomes

In our last audit (June 2018 n=8053), impressively, 99.8% of our CDEP users report that undertaking a CDEP topic either confirms their high level of diabetes knowledge (13.6%) or alternatively supports an improvement in their diabetes knowledge (86.2%).

For those reporting an improvement, the breakdown across our 3 outcomes domains is as follows:

  • 88% of users rate an improvement or significant improvement in competence.
  • 85% of users rate an improvement or significant improvement in confidence.
  • 86% of users rate an improvement or significant improvement in familiarity with diabetes guidelines

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  • The importance (of) mental health in diabetes. Good variety of subject covered in this module.
    It will definitely highlight the importance of coding and that all are responsible to make improvements in education uptake.

  • I was pleased to find out that I already knew quite a lot about the diabetes medications but it was really useful to revisit the possible side effects, contra indications and which combinations of medications can be used.

  • Highlighted the differences between type1 and type 2 and also the importance of referrals and getting the patients the help they need.
    Often, as a paramedic, we visit patients and treat their hypo but often don't look deeply into the why?
    This has helped me to look at the lifestyles and underlying social issues.
    Very informative section

  • The importance of structured education being offered throughout a lifetime of care, I thought it was only for the beginning.
    Be mindful of offering structured education at every opportunity.
    A really useful module.

  • I enjoyed this topic and learned a lot from doing it. I feel it will enhance my role as a practice nurse seeing people with diabetes.