Development of professional competence is a lifelong learning endeavour. The United Kingdom’s national nursing, dietetic and podiatry competency frameworks in diabetes articulate the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes all healthcare professionals should have in order to provide quality care to people with diabetes. Endorsed by Diabetes UK and the British Dietetics Association, the Cambridge Diabetes Education Program (CDEP) is a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme developed by diabetes experts from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust . CDEP is underpinned by these inter-professional competency frameworks facilitating ongoing competency improvement in health professionals working with people with diabetes. CDEP is currently being adapted to the Australian context.
Accessible competency based diabetes CPD for all staff, leading to improvements in working with people with diabetes.
This clinically focused online program enables the learner to work through a series of competencies defined by the UK inter-professional competency frameworks in diabetes. CDEP contains multiple choice questions, linkages to national learning resources, level progression through 100% mastery, and a portal for reflection and practice based feedback. The structured approach to development, testing and release has undergone 7 pilots. Topic-specific evaluation is undertaken prior to the provision of accredited certification.
Twelve competency topics from the level of core to intermediate, most relevant to non-specialist diabetes staff, released so far, offering a total of 19.5 hours of diabetes CPD. To date 2339 learners have registered with 3443 certificates awarded. Improvements in competency (83.75%), confidence (80.5%) and familiarity with guidelines (81.3%) have been reported. Seventy one percent of registrants reported as non-diabetes specialists in their professional roles .
An online programme that defines knowledge aspects of competency is possible and is associated with learner perceptions of improved ability across different disciplines. Implementation of national diabetes frameworks is now systematically possible within Australia.