Both PrePITstop programmes join PITstop as RCGP accredited courses. The assessor panel continue to be impressed with the quality of the resources submitted, describing the courses as excellent quality, with no changes required. The 1-day and 3-day PrePITstop courses are proving to be popular, as they both incorporate key STP requirements, including the three targets (HbA1c < 58mmol/mol, cholesterol < 5mg/dL, blood pressure < 140/80mm/Hg), increased attendance to structured patient education and active participation in the diabetes foot care pathway by primary care teams.
The 1-day course is great for GPs who are not necessarily the diabetes lead in their practice but want a good diabetes update on most aspects other than injectables. As one GP in East Kent emailed:
"I have read on your website that you offer a 1 day pre-PITSTOP intensive course. I am an experienced GP, but we have an in-house diabetes clinic (not run by me) and so I often feel significantly rusty supporting with my people with diabetes adhoc and would love to feel a little more confident with them".
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