“Insulin Safety: Getting it Right” E-Learning Module, Hosted by Skills Platform


Insulin is one of the top three high risk medications and error is common. The development of over 30 different insulin products and a variety of devices has led to confusion among both people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals. NHS Improvement identifies moderate to severe harm or death caused by insulin error. In the last decade attempts have been made to upskill people with diabetes and healthcare professionals (NHS Digital 2018) with varying levels of success.

This elearning module, written by Trend Diabetes, has been designed to help reduce the errors in the prescription and administration of insulin

Course content

  • Introduction including background to insulin use
  • The right insulin for the right person
  • The right device
  • The right dose
  • The right time
  • The right way including injection technique
  • Risks, side effects and safety precautions

What will learners get out of it?

On completion of this course you will:

  • Have learned about insulin and where it is commonly used.
  • Have gained an understanding of different types of insulin and regimens including biosimilar and high concentration insulin.
  • Understand the need for correct injection technique.
  • Be aware of how to use varying types of delivery systems safely.
  • Describe how often people on insulin therapy should monitor blood glucose levels.
  • Be able to describe the common causes of insulin errors for prescribers, suppliers, and in those handling or administering insulin.
  • Understand the risks and safety precautions required when using insulin.

Who is the course for?

This course is for all healthcare professionals who handle, prescribe and/or administer insulin.

Accreditations and endorsements

The course was developed by Trend Diabetes.

Duration & CPD

1 hour approximate, equivalent to 1 CPD point.

How to access this e-learning

To access this e-learning module, please email please kernowhealthcic.workforce@nhs.net (ref: Tina). This is being provided free of charge to members of the Primary Care Education Programme. For non-members, there is a charge of £8.