The Diabetes 10 Point Training Programme is a large staff education programme training clinical frontline staff about diabetes care.
The training does not aim to make experts out of everyone managing diabetes but to recognise that all clinicians must possess a set of core competencies in order to provide safe and high quality care.
There is a short training programme and a postcard sized aide-memoire is given to the trainee with relevant and tailored 10 points of interest and local contact numbers. There are now a number of bespoke training programmes and aide‑memoires.
These are some key aspects of the Diabetes 10 Point Training Programme:
- Training is simple and cheap
- Proven to be effective
- Highly adaptable to other areas
- Can reach staff at a large scale, enabling meaningful improvement in patient safety and care.
I developed specific versions of the programme for acute and mental health hospitals, community services and specialist units with a high proportion of diabetes patients, such as haemodialysis. Therefore, the 10 points are based on avoidable errors that are often repeated in these areas, which are then developed into 10 core competencies that all patient-facing staff must possess to safely manage inpatient diabetes.
What was the inspiration for the diabetes programme?