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Diabetes management e-skilling initiative for nurses launched

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The Skill for Scale program, launched by AstraZeneca, India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre is certified by AIIMS Jodhpur and received National Accreditation by DGHS

AstraZeneca and India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre, a collaboration between the Swedish Trade Commissioner’s Office, AIIMS New Delhi and AIIMS Jodhpur, launched ‘Skill For Scale’, an e-learning initiative to equip nurses with hands-on practical knowledge and skills to practice latest patient care for managing non-communicable diseases. This program, certified by AIIMS Jodhpur and endorsed by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), will allow nurses from across the country to register for free, and learn at their own pace.

In its first phase, the program is focusing on diabetes management prevention and awareness based on a world-class comprehensive curriculum created from diverse resources available within the NCD domain following the NPCDCS guidelines. This program content and modules are created by the team of experts from AIIMS Jodhpur and an advisory board with representation from AIIMS Delhi, ICMR, DGHS, Indian Nursing Council (INC) and AstraZeneca. These modules will equip nurses to provide standardised and quality counselling, care and support services to the people to prevent and manage Diabetes. Subsequently, these trainings will be extended to other areas of NCDs in the subsequent phases like hypertension, cardiovascular and oncology.

With a multi-phased approach, the Skill for Scale program is aimed to upskill 5000 nurses across the country within this year by converting the current theoretical and practical modules into easy interactive e-learning techniques.

This e-learning mobile compatible program is pegged at two levels-basic and advanced and includes a training of 20-24 hours to be completed at your own pace. The course can be completed in a span of two months further to which each student will be awarded a completion certificate from AIIMS Jodhpur.

By the end of the training, nurses will be able to recognise risk factors, causes, pathophysiology, screening methods, diagnostic tests and management of diabetes. They will gain an understanding to initiate timely action for confirmatory diagnosis and appropriate treatment, make timely referrals of complicated cases, follow standard treatment protocols, counsel and interact on the importance of early screening of diabetes, educate the community on the adoption of a healthy lifestyle and assist them to overcome barriers, myths and misconceptions, informed a statement.

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