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 a 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 (June 2018 n=8053), an impressive 99.8% of our CDEP users reported 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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  • I am now more focused on mental health and the impact of living with diabetes can have on the individual.

  • This module was really useful for improving my practice.

  • I have a new appreciation of the link between mental health and long term chronic conditions, even if patients are being managed well and appear physically well.
    The importance of a multidisciplinary team cannot be emphasized enough.
    Excellent topic - thank you!

  • In all honesty I had not given much thought to how diabetes could impact on mental health and so I have defiantly learnt a lot in this topic.
    I will be more mindful of mental health issues surrounding glycaemic control and feel more confident in knowing who to get in touch with if I encounter someone with Diabetes who is struggling with their mental health as a result of it.

  • Gave me more insight into how people with diabetes may feel about their disease and just how difficult it can be to deal with.