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New Internet Diabetes Diploma Course launched at Cardiff University

19 July 2007

Cardiff University has launched a course to help doctors to improve patient care from their computers.

The School of Medicine’s new Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes is aimed at promoting clinical leadership in the care of people with diabetes.

The majority of the learning and assessment for the diploma will be delivered through a dedicated website designed to enhance clinical experience in diabetes through case problems and discussion with academic tutors. Designed by staff based at the Diabetes Research Unit in Llandough Hospital, Penarth the course is to be delivered as a part time distance learning course via the Internet and is enrolling for the start of the course in January 2008. The modular diploma also includes introductory lectures and small group teaching.

"This is an exciting move for the School of Medicine", said Professor David Owens, Professor of Diabetes and chair of the course management board. "Having gained experience in distance learning the School has supported the development of this Diabetes Diploma which will have national and international appeal". Already there has been interest in the course from the UK, other European countries, the Middle East and South Africa.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes will be a part time course delivered over two years to doctors with a clinical interest in diabetes practising in a primary or secondary care setting. The curriculum will be based on the International Diabetes Foundation curriculum and reviewed annually. The course consists of six modules each delivered over a period of 10 - 12 weeks with a mix of teaching material, individual work, group work and assessment.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes has been established to bring a recognised university based qualification which uses up-to-date teaching and assessment methods and gives access to education in diabetes for health professionals throughout the world.

A number of courses in the School of Medicine already deliver e-learning to doctors worldwide including the Diploma in Practical Dermatology shortlisted for the Most Imaginative Use of Distance Learning Award in last year’s Times Higher Educational Supplement awards.

Further Information: or contact: Phone: +44 (0)29 20716928

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Notes to Editors:

1. Cardiff School of Medicine
Cardiff University’s School of Medicine is recognised as a significant contributor to healthcare in Wales, a major provider of professional staff for the National Health Service and an international centre of excellence for research delivering substantial health benefits locally and internationally. The school’s 800 staff include 500 research and academic staff who teach more than 2000 students, including 1,100 postgraduate students. The School of Medicine is based at the Heath Park Campus, a site it shares the University Hospital of Wales, the third largest university hospital in the UK. It has an all-Wales role, contributing greatly to promoting, enhancing and protecting the nation’s health in partnership with the National Health Service (NHS) in Wales. The medical curriculum followed at the School enables students to acquire and apply knowledge, skills, judgement and attitudes appropriate to delivering a high standard of professional care. Around 300 new doctors currently graduate from the School every year and the Welsh Assembly Government has invested substantially in new teaching facilities to increase this number further. The School is an international leader in basic and clinically applied research activities and scored highly in the most recent Government Research Assessment Exercise. School of Medicine researchers annually win tens of millions of pounds in research awards to work with Government, the healthcare industries and the charitable sector on the most pressing issues of human health. The School has also been instrumental in establishing and running many important national research initiatives including the Wales Gene Park, Wales Cancer Bank, the Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair and the Healing Foundation UK Centre for Burns Research.

2. Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

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Further Information:

Dr Dean Jenkins
Diabetes Research Unit
Academic Centre
Llandough Hospital

Phone: +44 (0)29 20716928