Two free diabetes training programmes have been launched by the NHS to help tackle the growing number of diabetics suffering from hypoglycaemia.
The Safe Management of Hypoglycaemia (SMH) and Safe Use of Non-Insulin Therapies (SUNIT) modules have been developed by NHS Diabetes for both healthcare professionals and people with diabetes and their families.
SMH focuses on the symptoms, treatment and prevention of hypos, while SUNIT is designed to improve patient safety by cutting medication errors and/or poorly controlled blood sugar levels while utilising non-insulin therapies.
Both modules, which are available online, also remind health professionals of the importance of always tailoring blood sugar targets to the individual; checking specific manufacturers’ guidance when using therapies in people with diabetes and chronic kidney disease; considering the risk of hypoglycaemia when elderly are taking specific medicines; and checking NICE guidance CG87 when considering which medication to prescribe.
“We are calling on all individuals who care for people with diabetes to improve their skills and complete these modules,” said Anna Morto, Director of NHS Diabetes .
“People with diabetes should receive the samen, safe level of care in hospital, at their GP surgery and in care homes. These modules offer support and training to achieve that goal.”
The two new programmes add to the existing Safe Use of Insulin (SUI) and Intravenous Insulin Infusion (III) e-learning modules from NHS Diabetes, which according to the group have proved very popular with UK healthcare professionals.

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