BMJ Group Launches New Diabetes Diploma

Posted by pt91 at May 18, 2011 11:15 AM |
Partnership with University of Leicester announced

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 18 May 2011

The BMJ Group has launched a new Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes for doctors, nurses and other health care professionals both in the UK and across the world.

The Diploma is provided through a partnership with the University of Leicester, one of the top 2% of the world’s universities, and delivered by BMJ Learning, the leading online provider of continuous professional development for healthcare professionals.

The two year part-time distance learning modular course focuses on diabetes in its global context and explores the common challenges of this chronic disease. Recent estimates suggest that by 2025 over 4 million people in the UK will be diagnosed with diabetes and 73.5 million people in India. By 2030 diabetes in the Middle East is expected to rise to 53.2 million. Today China has the largest number of adults with diabetes in the world at 92.4 million.

The Diabetes Diploma will provide students with a range of learning opportunities which will challenge them to evaluate the scientific evidence in diabetes and apply it in practice to improve patient outcomes. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle the challenges of prevention and management of diabetes that many health systems currently face.

The course is led by Professor Melanie Davies, Professor of Diabetes Medicine and Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine. The Diabetes department is part of the Department of Health Sciences and is based within the School of Medicine at the University of Leicester. Professor Davies is a leading authority on diabetes and much of her research work is around the cause of Type 2 diabetes, screening and prevention of Type 2 diabetes, self management and structured education. Professor Khunti currently leads a research group undertaking research into the early identification and interventions in people with diabetes and at increased risk of diabetes.

The modular course content has been developed by an experienced team from BMJ Learning and supported by Dr Dean Jenkins, Consultant Physician and educational advisor to BMJ Learning.

Dr Jenkins said: “This new diploma is a modular course in diabetes that enables health professionals around the world to study in their own time. The flexible online study reduces the need for learners to take time out from their work place to develop their clinical role in diabetes and it complements Leicester’s established programmes in diabetes. It is an ideal opportunity for those wishing to extend their clinical work to include the care of people with diabetes.”

Two days of lectures introduce the course for students and then six modules are available over two years leading to the postgraduate certificate. Individual modules can be purchased at a cost of £895 (including VAT); Year one of the diploma costs £2445 (incuding VAT) or £4980 (including VAT) for the full two-year postgraduate diploma. Closing date for the new course which begins in September is 19th August.

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