Course in Advancing Diabetes Care by Birmingham City University aims to ensure better care for patients
Birmingham City University’s new master’s course in Advancing Diabetes Care, launched in partnership with the University Hospitals Birmingham Diabetes Team, has found favour with Indians.
Around 100 students have already enrolled for the online programme focused on supporting people living with diabetes and conducting new research on it.
The course is aimed at helping medical professionals develop specialised and interdisciplinary skills that enhance the quality of care to diabetic patients. Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company Lupin Pharmaceuticals has sponsored the course for many Indian students.
Dr Shishank Vikram, the consul-general of India to Birmingham, said that during his days as an undergraduate medical student, diabetes used to be classified as a subcategory of lifestyle diseases, but today it affects people across age groups and social backgrounds. He also highlighted the importance of such an MSc course in training students and enabling an exchange of the best practices between the countries.
The course gains significance at a time when COVID-19 has caused a shift in the mortality rate of people with diabetes — almost 77 million in India’s case, according to the university. It is open to people holding different roles in healthcare, from general practitioners to specialist and practice nurses to psychologists.
Professor Philip Plowden, the vice-chancellor of Birmingham City University, said the course could help take proper care to communities most affected by diabetes and the knowledge imparted by the course will result in evidence-based effective care that can impact generations to come.
Professor Wasim Hanif, consultant physician, and head of service in diabetes at University Hospital Birmingham, said globally someone dies from diabetes every seven seconds, and advanced healthcare skills are essential in managing the disease.
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