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The Quality Institute for Self-management Education and Training (QISMET) has given health educator The Sound Doctor national accreditation for its new online diabetes course, helping affirm its status as a helpful, educational tool for diabetes patients.

Providing users with an interactive and engaging online experience, the structured and educational diabetes course has been created for people newly diagnosed with diabetes. The online course can be viewed anytime, anywhere and multiple times if required.

According to The Sound Doctor, this flexibility could prove an important milestone in the education of patients.

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Rosie Runciman, Co-Founder of The Sound Doctor

Rosie Runciman, Co-Founder of The Sound Doctor, commented: “This online course is truly innovative. It focuses on film rather than text, providing an engaging and effective experience.

“It includes fun and interactive questions at the end of each section and uses attractive visuals to keep the viewer watching and learning. Having this accreditation is testament to the quality and deliverables of our course.”

QISMET is a not-for-profit body supporting self-management providers and commissioners achieve the highest possible quality service for people living with long-term health conditions.

The NHS Long-Term plan emphasises the importance of education in the improvement of diabetes outcomes. The NHS offers structured education to anyone in England who has been diagnosed with diabetes. Traditionally, this has been done by face to face sessions over a period of weeks.

The Sound Doctor says that its online course provides an alternative for those who are unwilling or unable to take time off work to attend the NHS’ classes.

Rosie added: “We understand that people need choice and flexibility. The Sound Doctor is providing the tool to do just that. We anticipate this will improve the take-up in structured education and outcomes.”

The online course will also provide the means to reach and educate more people with diabetes.

Professor Vinod Patel, a Professorial Clinical Teaching Fellow in Diabetes and Clinical Skills at Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick, said: “The Sound Doctor diabetes course is an excellent structured education option. It should help improve the quality of life for many patients.”

The Sound Doctor aims to create the best film and audio content to help people with long-term conditions look after themselves better and improve outcomes.

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