The current status of diabetes professional educational standards and competencies in the UK—a Position Statement from the Diabetes UK Healthcare Professional Education Competency Framework Task and Finish Group


Nicki Walsh, Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy, University of Nottingham, Grantham Education Centre, 101 Manthorpe Road, Grantham, Lincs NG31 8DG, UK. E-mail:


Diabet. Med. 28, 1501–1507 (2011)


Diabetes is a significant health concern, both in the UK and globally. Management can be complex, often requiring high levels of knowledge and skills in order to provide high-quality and safe care. The provision of good, safe, quality care lies within the foundations of healthcare education, continuing professional development and evidence-based practice, which are inseparable and part of a continuum during the career of any health professional. Sound education provides the launch pad for effective clinical management and positive patient experiences.

This position paper reviews and discusses work undertaken by a Working Group under the auspices of Diabetes UK with the remit of considering all health professional educational issues for people delivering care to people with diabetes. This work has scoped the availability of education for those within the healthcare system who may directly or indirectly encounter people with diabetes and reviews alignment to existing competency frameworks within the UK’s National Health Service.