Our workshops are delivered by either an experienced Diabetes Practitioner/Educator (nurse) or Podiatrist 


Diabetes Workshops

DUET diabetes helps care and health providers to upskill and increase the confidence of their staff when looking after adults with diabetes.  The ultimate aim being to make a positive difference to people living with diabetes and their quality of life.  We achieve this through a range of small interactive workshops led by experienced healthcare professionals; thus empowering nurses, carers and healthcare support workers by equipping them with relevant and up to date knowledge.

To give you an idea of the training we provide, below is a list of workshops with a brief summary of the content of each. We endeavour to ensure that the content of the training and education supports all learners' needs and learning styles and further enhances the learning required for the Skills for Care 'Care Certificate' as well as revalidation for registered nurses. Our workshops can also assist GP practices to implement various aspects of the 'ten point action plan for General Practice Nursing' from NHS England (General Practice - developing confidence, capability and capacity).  Some workshops also support the 'Competency Framework for Healthcare Assistants' (RCGP General Practice Foundation).

Prices for 'in-house' workshops will be provided according to the content of the training required and priced on the basis of up to 12 attendees (additional learners can be accommodated for an extra cost).  We provide a delegate pack for each attendee which includes a copy of the slides and other additional information relevant to the topic(s) covered. A post workshop evaluation report (which includes the results of the confidence surveys completed by each attendee) is sent to you along with the attendance/competency certificates.

All of the workshops can be run exclusively for you at your location, and four of our workshops (a combined “Diabetes Awareness Training and Blood Glucose Monitoring & Glucometer Training”, “Diabetes Update for Registered Nurses”, “Diabetic Foot Screening” and "Diabetes & Healthy Eating") are also delivered as 'open workshops' at venues across Suffolk and Norfolk.  We are also exploring additional locations throughout East Anglia (in particular Cambridgeshire and Essex).  Please do get in touch if you would like to be notified when open workshops are scheduled, or would like to suggest or offer a suitable venue.

We offer discounts to providers when we use their training facilities as an open workshop venue – please talk to us if you would like to know more.

A summary of all upcoming open workshops, including prices, can be found here.

Diabetes Awareness   |   4.0 hours

This interactive workshop is for carers and healthcare assistants at all levels and designed to build on the learner’s understanding of diabetes. It can be delivered exclusively for your organisation or you can book individual places at one of the open workshops.  It covers:

  • What diabetes is and the different types of diabetes

  • The signs and symptoms of diabetes

  • Monitoring – what checks are done to ensure that diabetes is well controlled

  • The long term effects (complications) of diabetes

  • How diabetes is treated

  • Management of high and low blood sugars

  • Sick day care

  • Dietary management of diabetes

  • Footcare


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Diabetes Update for Registered Nurses  |   6 hours

This interactive workshop for trained nurses is designed to give the learner a greater understanding of diabetes; it’s aetiology, diagnosis, acute and long term health problems and management.  The improved skills acquired will enable the practitioner to provide safe and appropriate advice and care to people living with diabetes in line with current NICE guidance. It can be delivered at your place of work exclusively for your organisation, or you can book places at one of the open workshops. It covers:​

  • TREND Competency Framework for Diabetes Nursing

  • Signs and symptoms of diabetes

  • Causes of diabetes

  • Complications of diabetes and how to prevent them

  • The diabetic foot

  • Oral and injectable therapies - including hands on time with a range of injectable devices

  • Injection sites and lipohypertrophy

  • Legal requirements for the use of 'sharps'

  • Signs and symptoms of hypoglycaemia (hypo) and how to manage a hypo

  • Causes of hyperglycaemia and how to treat high blood sugars

  • The role food plays and 'carb consistency'

  • Management of the person with diabetes during inter-current illness

  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) and Hyperosmolar Hyperglycaemic State (HHS)

  • Current advice around managing insulin in end of life care


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BGM & Glucometer Training   |   2.0 hours

This training is designed for senior carers and healthcare assistants and can be delivered as a stand-alone workshop or can be tagged onto the end of ‘Diabetes Awareness’. Learners will have practical, hands on time with the devices*. It covers:

  • What a glucometer is and what it measures

  • When blood glucose monitoring (BGM) is necessary

  • How to maintain a glucometer and the test strips used

  • How to do a blood glucose test

  • What to do if the blood sugar level is outside the documented range

  • How to respond to different issues/events

*Competency assessments can be provided if required - an additional fee is charged and requires an extra hour to complete.

This workshop is run on the same dates as 'Diabetes Awareness' open workshops.

NB: DUET diabetes does not recommend any particular brand of glucometer. Each commissioning organisation is responsible for ensuring that the glucometers they use meet current ISO standards and are regularly checked for accuracy. 


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Insulin Awareness   |   2.0 hours

This interactive workshop is for carers who provide care for people with diabetes who are treated with insulin. It is designed to be tagged on to the ‘Diabetes Awareness’ workshop but can be provided as a stand-alone module for carers who have attended a ‘Diabetes Awareness’ workshop within the previous year. It covers:

  • What insulin is and the role it plays in the body

  • Why do people with diabetes need insulin?

  • The administration of insulin

  • The different types of insulin

  • Storage of insulin

  • Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013

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This workshop can be expanded to include an 'Injection Technique' session for non-registered practitioners.  This provides theoretical training and an insulin device workshop in advance of 'on the job' supervision and competency assessments by a delegating clinician (i.e. community nurse).  Attendees will be required to provide evidence of 'blood glucose monitoring & glucometer training'.

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NB: DUET diabetes does not recommend any particular brand of insulin nor provides individual competency assessments. 

Diabetic Foot Screening   |   4 hours

Originally offered as an open workshop (off site) in response to requests, we can now also run this workshop 'on site' at your place of work.  This workshop is for all practitioners, from carers to trained professionals, who are involved in examining the feet of people with diabetes.  Using NICE guidance as a framework the workshop aims to equip the learner with the knowledge and skills to competently examine and screen the diabetic foot for potential and actual problems. It covers:

  • The definition of a foot ulcer

  • When foot screening should be performed

  • Who can undertake a diabetic foot examination

  • The factors contributing to someone developing a foot ulcer

  • The method and steps to take when examining the diabetic foot

  • Local and national diabetic foot risk algorithms

  • How to apply the correct risk classification

  • Suitable footwear for people with diabetes

  • The causes of neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

  • The Ipswich Touch Test

  • The process of referral for the person with diabetes at each classification of risk

  • Practical demonstration by the educator (a HCPC registered podiatrist) who then observes and assists the learners during a practical session

The learners have plenty of 'hands on feet' time to put the theory and skills learnt into practice.  The cores skills and capability of each learner will be assessed by the educator during the workshop.

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Diabetes and Healthy Eating   |   3 hours

This workshop is designed to build on the learner’s knowledge and understanding of how food affects diabetes control. It further expands upon the information shared within our 'diabetes awareness' workshop regarding dietary management of diabetes. We can run this workshop at your location exclusively for your organisation or alternatively you can book individual places at one of the open workshops

This workshop is useful for anyone caring for people with diabetes or helping them manage their diabetes; such as carers, healthcare assistants and practice nurses.  Chefs/cooks and kitchen staff working for care providers have also found the session particularly useful - giving them a better insight to diabetes, thus enabling them to plan and prepare appropriate menus.  It covers:

  • What diabetes is and how it develops

  • What is a normal blood glucose range

  • Which foods affect blood glucose levels

  • What aggravates insulin resistance

  • What is meant by 'carb consistency’

  • Glycaemic index (GI)

  • What is meant by 'energy balance'

  • What are'good’ fats and ‘bad’ fats?

  • Which type of foods contain the most calories

  • The 'Eatwell Guide' / healthy eating plate


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Diabetes: Medicines and Management  |   2.0 hours

This interactive workshop can be delivered as a stand-alone or can be tagged onto any of our other workshop.  It is designed for senior carers who are involved in the administration of medicines. It covers:

  • What diabetes is and how it develops

  • What happens to glucose levels in diabetes

  • The different types of oral medications that are used to treat diabetes  and when they should be given in relation to meals

  • The different types of insulin used to treat diabetes and when they should be given in relation to meals

  • Hypoglycaemia and how to treat a hypo


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Bespoke Education and Training

If you cannot find a workshop to that meets your requirements then please do contact us and we will do what we can to accommodate you.


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