Helping treat diabetes in Cyprus

Staff from Warwick Medical School are set to help diabetics in Cyprus.

The Ministry of Health in Nicosia has invited representatives from the medical school at Warwick University to set up the Certificate in Diabetes Care (CIDC) course for health professionals in the country.

The CIDC course is the UK’s leading foundation course in diabetes care and this is the first time Warwick Medical School has delivered the course abroad. Twenty five students have signed up for the course, including hospital nurses and specialist paediatric nurses.

The prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in the southern region of Cyprus is 10.3%, compared to 4% in the UK.

Course director at Warwick Medical School Louise Skelton said the course would bridge a gap in diabetes care in Cyprus.

“This course will give them the knowledge and skills to improve care of diabetes. It will also help doctors to understand that nurses can play a more involved role in diabetes care, therefore encouraging working as a multi-disciplinary team,” she said.

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