After a request from the lead Custody we were asked to provide a diabetes update to the Kent Forensic Medical Team. We asked the team to submit questions and situations they had found themselves in. From this we enlisted the help of Amanda Epps, to help answer the Type 1 questions and we developed a 1-day programme based on case scenarios from their questions.
This course provides the forensic medical student with insight into type 1 and type 2 diabetes, enabling discussion about the support required for detained people in the custody setting.
On completion of this course, students fed back that we had met the learning objectives listed below:
- explain the difference between the type 1 and type 2 diabetes
- know how to access information about each medication group used to treat type 2 diabetes
- know the common insulins and insulin regimens used to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes
- explain how to prevent, recognise and treat hypoglycaemia
- explain when to monitor blood glucose and blood/urine ketone levels and how to interpret the results
- understand the effect of alcohol and recreational drugs on glycaemic control
- understand the causes of diabetes ketoacidosis
- know how to access information about illness management for type 1 and type 2 diabetes
My thanks go to Amanda Epps, Diabetes Specialist Nurse in Medway, Kent, for her help delivering the course and answering the Type 1 diabetes questions
Student comments are stated below:
“I found the whole day informative and so much easier to understand than previous training. Workbook is a great tool. Hoping I can put it into practice.”
“Excellent course, well presented and interactive. This will be a great tool in custody and practice as diabetes and diabetics are normally challenging in this environment. It would be great to have regular updates.”
“Very good. Enjoyed the whole day, feel a lot more confident now and will read all the information given.”