Title Development of an EU wide Certified Diabetes Educator Course
Project Number UK/13/LLP-LdV/TOI-617
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text The aim of the EU-CDEC project was to transfer a globally recognised evidence based Germany model of standardised and accredited training for Health care professionals working in paediatric diabetes in 6 member countries.
Summary The aim of the project was to align EU countries to provide standardised, accredited training for HCPs, and create transferable learning outcomes and credit points. The objective was to identify barriers and facilitators for the creation of the curriculum; to develop an EU accredited Certified Diabetes Educator Course (EU-CDEC) and establish an accreditation process aligned to ECVET principles. This was achieved through the development and validation of the INT AD-CDEC blueprint: Annex 32. This was aided by Partners’ recognition of how specialist training improves patient outcomes; their willingness to share expertise, and the execution of the 7 work packages. The tasks of WP1 developed robust relationships between Partners e.g. a bespoke financial template and guidelines for Partners was created: Annex 6, an over achievement. This was successfully used throughout the project; every Partner understood their role, ensuring activities were achieved with little risk as identified in WP7 Q.A. Report: Annex 25-31,81,82. The blueprint was based on current evidence and best practice: benchmarking of paediatric services across the EU took place in the SWEET project led by P1. The blueprint was also in line with global IDF, ISPAD, NICE guidelines and ECVET principles. The project had permission from the German Diabetes Association (DDG) to translate the certified diabetes educator course; transfer of innovation including philosophical, teaching and learning strategies formed the theoretical framework. This gave structure to the data collection and analysis in the Mapping Exercise in WP2: Annex 19 and identified key characteristics of the role and Partners’ accreditation policies. The key components identified from the data were then compared with the German curriculum. The blueprint was tested out in WP4. A top down study on face-to-face vs e-learning was undertaken Annex 34. This was additional work, but allowed for the further refinement of the blueprint and identification of the resources required. A bottom up study of students’ evaluations on the first Advanced Diabetes Educator Course in the UK took place, further enhancing the refinement of the blueprint. Additional activities included case studies of potential students across the EU exploring mobility issues including language barriers. All Partners worked on case scenarios of a newly diagnosed child to gain further insight into the child’s journey, the role of the DE and the learning outcomes e.g. Annex 33.
Description he EU project took advantage of each Partner’s expertise, all partners are leading clinicians, academics and educators, international leaders in the care of CYP with T1DM, with a track record of working together on the SWEET Project. Geographically balanced, the distribution of project activities were aligned to each Partner’s area of expertise e.g. P0 specialised in designing and delivering education programmes for HCPs. In conjunction with this project, the first ADE course has now been implemented in Leeds Beckett University. Academics teaching on the ADE have been up-skilled by delivering part of the course with P2, so they could potentially visit the various EU institutions implementing the INT AD-CDEC and train the teachers to deliver the course. P1 has been president of ISPAD president and DDG, Principal Investigator of International multicentre studies and Lead on the SWEET Project. The reputation of this partner is globally recognised and their links to leading EU organisations were invaluable in gaining EU recognition of this role. P1’s expertise and political astuteness was invaluable in gaining support of all of the key organisations. P2 already delivered an established CDE training course so were ideal to lead the creation of the blueprint. P2 also facilitated partnership working with the DDG giving access to the German curriculum and permission to translate it, which formed the initial academic framework. P4 was the only national diabetes centre recognised as an IDF centre of education, plus P4 are members of the board of FEND and IDF so were best placed to lead in the dissemination activities (see website). P5’s expertise in Q.A. ensured project risks were identified early and addressed quickly. P3 was unique as there is only one diabetes centre in Slovenia; their experience working with families through their diabetes camps (in excess of 140 families) supported the development of the blueprint. P6 have a wealth of expertise in educational programmes and were best placed to develop the accreditation tool. The formal clinical/academic networks and informal parent forums ensured the wider dissemination of the project. This was particularly successful in the UK, Slovenia and Germany e.g. Annex 35.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
material for open learning
open and distance learning
program or curricula
description of new occupation profiles
Product information A standardised training programme for Health care professionals working in Paediatric diabetesthroughout 6 EU member countries.