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The Safe Use of Insulin

Course Overview

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On average this
course contributes
1-2 hours
towards your CPD

Insulin is a potent, lifesaving drug used by millions of people with diabetes both in the hospital and community setting. It is a safe and effective treatment if used appropriately, however, incorrect or inappropriate use can lead to patient harm.

In order to reduce insulin errors this module aims to provide learners with an increased understanding and awareness of insulin. It promotes its safe and effective use by outlining common errors associated with insulin and information as to how these can be avoided. It also provides learners with an increased understanding of the possible side effects of insulin and how these should be treated.

On completion of this course learners will:

  • Refresh their knowledge and understanding of insulin
  • Outline the differences in administering insulin
  • Have a fuller understanding of the range of available insulin's and injection devices
  • Describe possible side effects of insulin therapy and how to treat these effectively

Course Details

Lesson Plan

Areas covered include:

  • Learning Objectives
  • What is insulin?
  • Insulin use in the UK
  • Insulin errors
  • The safe use of insulin
  • The right insulin
  • The right dose
  • The right time
  • The right way
  • Devices
  • Storage
  • Side effects

Target Audience

This module is targeted at all levels of healthcare practitioners working within the healthcare sector. However, the information is applicable to any individual who may be required to administer insulin.


With approximately 90 interactive screens, it is estimated that this module will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages and revisit whenever you wish. The system will record your progress throughout.


On completion of this course you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.

CPD Accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

What our customers have said

It was not complicated to get started and the information was straight to the point. This made it easy to learn and therefore it becomes useful to do the training on line.
12/04/2016 SB
It was very easy to use and informative, a very good competency assessment tool.
10/04/2016 SB
An interesting and informative module. Some of the content about the different brands of insulin I found very difficult to remember. As I am not dealing with Diabetic patients all the time. Brilliant if I was working on a medical ward.
05/03/2016 AA
Found the use of altering the delivery of information in the form of clicking on the 'nurse' or other links helped break up the information.
01/03/2016 PA
I got good customer service when difficulties arose with completing this module
05/02/2016 JF
As a dyslexic I found the narration very helpful. Thank you.
07/01/2016 SL
Easy to navigate.
05/11/2015 EH
Easy to read and understand. The use of diagrams makes it more interesting.
04/11/2015 RW
Easy to use, able to go back to previous pages. Ongoing quizzes meant that I could evaluate my progress.
04/11/2015 SR
Easy to navigate and because of the content was written you did not need to rely on audio which is ideal when you do not have access to headphones and there are others working within the immediate surroundings
30/10/2015 JG

Cost and Discounts

£30.00 + VAT (£36.00 inc. VAT) - This cost is for a single user.

Do you qualify to access this module free of charge?

The Safe Use of Insulin e-learning module is free to all individuals working or studying in England, to register please go to our self registration page at

For those outside of England there is a small fee for the module.

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone us on 01943 885089.

How it Works

The information below is specific to this particular course. If you would like a more general guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

Alternatively; if you have a specific question or concern why not contact us directly ?


This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consist of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


This course is delivered fully online allowing you to learn at your own pace, however an average duration would be 1-2 hours.

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