Free course can help people with diabetes and healthcare professionals increase their knowledge about insulin.

A new online course has been launched by the University of Southampton on Understanding Insulin.

The course began on 5 June, but is still available for people to sign up and join in here.

The course is run by the University of Southampton through the Future Learn website.

Dr Mayank Patel, of the University of Southampton and DRWF Editorial Advisory Board member, said: “We have been working since 2015 on this resource for the internationally available Future Learn platform. We have developed a free to access online Insulin based Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), through the University of Southampton. The course covers everything from insulin physiology, biochemistry, through to clinical use and safe application. The target audience is anyone with an interest.”

The current spend on diabetes care by the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK is estimated to be £1.6 million pounds per hour. 80% of this is spent on managing diabetes complications, the risk of which can be significantly reduced through effective blood glucose control using insulin.

The course is designed to help participants increase their knowledge about insulin covering safe prescribing, effective clinical use and how different insulins work.

If you are a healthcare professional the course will equip you with the skills to help you reduce insulin-related errors, and if you have diabetes it should show you why insulin is so important for living well.

The course is expected to be run two-three times per year.

To find out more and enrol visit the Future Learn website
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