Online education module produced for the Royal College of Midwives

Umesh Dashora
Date of the announcement: 
Thursday, 12 March, 2020

The diabetes-in-pregnancy work is Diabetes Care Trust's first sponsored project which was conceived by Huw Alban Davies, chair of the DCT and developed and completed with a positive result.

ABCD helped produce an online diabetes course for midwives for the Royal College of Midwives as part of our commitment to work with other health care professionals to improve care of people with diabetes. Umesh Dashora and Dinesh Nagi from ABCD wrote the module while Jacquie Simpson and Deborah Burns, Diabetes Midwife Leads and Belfast H&SC Trust reviewed the content. Gail Johnson from RSM facilitated the project. On the last count 320 midwives accessed the course within 4 months of launch with more than 56% completing the course.

Positive comments and suggestions included

  • ‘Great module, thank you’,
  • I think it would be helpful to separate gestational diabetes and pre-existing diabetes more as this could make the information clearer. Great module, though, thank you.’
  • ‘very informative module and useful for my training and professional development’
  • 'I found this course really beneficial to my learning. However, some of the terminology within the course I found difficult to understand as a first year student midwife’
  • ‘I found this module informative and educational. It is also targeted at the right level for midwives’
  • ‘I have used this module as a refresher for my learning and as a revision tool’
  • ‘I have found it helpful and informative’
  • 'I found this module short but thought provoking and stimulating’
  • ‘It updated my knowledge and will improve my clinical care’
  • ‘The course was excellent and informative for a new student’
  • ‘Very useful ,some of the links a little difficult to navigate back from (using kindle)’.

ABCD will work with RCM to work on the feedback received to produce the second version of this online course. The module is freely available to all RCM members via

Diabetes Care Trust supports clinical research and patient care

The Diabetes Care Trust is a charity that supports the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists.  As an important part of its charitable role it provides grants to support projects that are likely to benefit people with diabetes, particularly by improving their understanding of their own condition and by advancing the education of medical and other health professionals involved with the care of those with diabetes.  The Diabetes Care Trust also supports clinical research aimed at making direct improvements in the care and wellbeing of people with diabetes, as well as the audit and scrutiny of treatments and technology for people with diabetes. For more information about grants available from the Diabetes Care Trust visit  Grants are available for any suitable project, not just to members of the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists.


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