For those unable to spend three-days on the course, there is now the one-day PrePITstop key message course, which delivers all the key messages from the three-day course in a one-day programme. It’s hard work and a lot to grasp, but has been commissioned in Hillingdon and Sandwell & West Birmingham and received extremely well.
In order to register for a PITstop course, you ideally need to have attended a Foundation course beforehand and have a decent grasp of essential diabetes services and patient care: diagnosis, structuring diabetes services using a practice diabetes team approach, lifestyle changes, oral diabetes medication, screening, prevention and treatment for diabetes-related complications.
Our three-day PrePITstop course remains the gold standard and is recommended especially for GPs and Practice Nurses relatively new to supporting people with diabetes.
But our initial courses demonstrated that attendees felt there was more than enough value in the shorter format. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. ‘Excellent study day, extremely useful and enjoyable. Learnt a lot today regarding medications.’ ‘Excellent course. Very informative, and more so, dealt with local services and guidelines.’ This has been an intensive day but has been an excellent update.’ ‘The presentations and information provided was a very high standard.’
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I attended the 1-day PrePITstop course in order to support our nurse who was doing her diabetes diploma. I was quite anxious beforehand as I felt unconfident with all the recent guidance changes and new medications. However, the course was amazing - diabetes in a day! Concise and memorable information about when and who to prescribe which medication to, and case scenarios to embed said information.
All aspects of diabetes also covered i.e. CVD risk, diet, foot changes etc.
Would thoroughly recommend the course – I now happily change or titrate medication and have seen the improvements in HbA1c's.
Dr Jo Waugh, Cedars Surgery, Swanley, Kent