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How to use CDEP

A diabetes competency-based e-learning platform

People new to using CDEP may find the below instructions helpful when first navigating through the online diabetes programme.

Topics:

There are a number of different topics available to choose from. They can be completed in any order.

Some topics are more generic - the Foundation topics. CDEP would highly recommend that all these topics are completed to ensure that a staff member is able to demonstrate robust diabetes competencies in all these fundamental areas of diabetes care.

Some topics are more specific and therefore more applicable to certain care sectors or specialist staff than others. However, even if you do not work in these relevant areas, you will still be able to complete these topics should you wish to do so.

Topics can be selected using the 'My learning' drop down and 'Select a topic' or via the blue quick link on the left of the landing page when you sign into the website.

Competencies:

Within each topic there are a series of competencies that you will need to pass to demonstrate your overall competency for that topic. These competencies are based on the relevant UK Diabetes Competency Framework. The number and level of competencies required is determined according to your specified registration level you selected when you created your account, which are:

  • Core = minimum level for a staff member having any contact with people living with diabetes
  • Intermediate = roles that have regular contact with people living with diabetes (such as administer medications and provide basic care, but do not prescribe / adjust medication)
  • Diabetes specialist = roles that directly support people managing their diabetes (such as diagnose diabetes or complications, prescribe and/or adjust medication, etc.)
  • Diabetes expert = roles that intensively support complex patients with diabetes
  • Diabetes consultant = roles that are responsible for managing a specialist caseload as well as leading service design, workforce planning, business case development, etc.

Should you feel your specified registration level is incorrect, you can easily alter your level within the 'Your account' section of the website.

PLEASE NOTE: the CDEP registration level is not an overall assessment of your wider expertise as a healthcare practitioner, but is the minimum level of diabetes-specific competency your current role requires you to possess. Therefore not all medical or nursing staff will need to have the same diabetes competency level... some may require core, while others diabetes specialist or higher competencies depending on their specialty and the level of support they offer people with diabetes.

Quiz:

A series of questions (quiz) will be automatically generated for you once you have clicked on a chosen competency. Competencies can be completed in any order. The quiz will contain typically between 2 and 5 questions and once you have answered them all, by clicking on one or more of the possible answers, you will be immediately shown your quiz results and which questions were answered correctly or incorrectly.

Consistent with competency-based education, 100% mastery is required in order to progress. If unsuccessful, you will be offered the opportunity to re-take the quiz with a new set of questions or choose another topic or competency.

Should you attempt a specific competency 3 times and still be unsuccessful, you will be locked out of that competency until you have accessed at least one relevant resource after which you may again attempt the competency.

All competencies within a specific topic need to be passed in order to generate a certificate of competency for that topic. Certificates are valid for 2 years after which time you will be asked to retake the topic to demonstrate skills maintenance as well as new competencies that may have been added during the 2 years since you last undertook the topic.

Resources:

To support you complete the topic, there are a series of resources linked to each competency. The resources can be viewed prior to starting the quiz, during as well as after the quiz should you wish to do so.

Each resource is linked to a CDEP registration level (e.g. core, intermediate, diabetes specialist and so on). This is to help you select the type of resource you may require. The higher the registration level linked to the resource the more in-depth the resource will be. This does not mean that diabetes specialist resources may not be of interest to core or intermediate staff and visa versa. Core resources are often also good patient resources so may be useful for diabetes specialist staff to review.

and finally...

CDEP supports health professional's confidence allowing them to quickly work through areas they already know, however exposing other areas that may benefit from further learning or where refreshing skills or knowledge is required - making it easier for staff to focus their diabetes-related study while demonstrating areas of excellent practice.

CDEP's content is regularly reviewed, evidence-based, up-to-date and clinically relevant to the target audience. CDEP's outcomes are routinely audited to ensure we are meeting healthcare practitioners needs.

If you have any problems or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us for further assistance:

Candice Ward
Lead CDEP Educator
Email: candice.ward@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

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