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 the 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 that we are meeting healthcare practitioners' needs.

CDEP audit outcomes

In our last audit (Nov 2020 n= 41,137), an impressive 99.98% of our CDEP users reported that undertaking a CDEP topic, either confirms their high level of diabetes knowledge (15%) or alternatively, supports an improvement in their diabetes knowledge (85%).

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

  • 85% of users rate an improvement or significant improvement in competence.
  • 84% of users rate an improvement or significant improvement in confidence.
  • 84% of users rate an improvement or significant improvement in familiarity with diabetes guidelines

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  • Very informative and thorough. I enjoyed that different media was used, such as written information and video content.

  • An excellent subject, dealt with very well, looking at all aspects of people with diabetes and activities.

  • Very informative. Feel I taken away some useful tips from this module.

  • I found this course to be very thorough and highly informative.

  • The ‘bite sized’ nature of the learning and assessment and the element of self guided learning through the attached resources were very helpful in completing the modules.