Centres of Education and Recognition Programme
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) currently has two opportunities for organizations that offer diabetes education programmes
- The Recognition Programme
- Designation as an IDF Centre of Diabetes Education
The Recognition Programme
Is suitable for organizations or institutions that wish to have their peer and/or health professional educational programmes undergo an external review and be recognized for meeting the international standards for diabetes education as set by IDF. Their programme must be based on the International Curriculum for Diabetes Health Professional Education and they are responsible for submitting annual reports to IDF. This allows the organization to use the IDF logo on their educational materials as per the policies of IDF. The Recognition Programme is valid for 3 years at which time the organization is invited to undergo a renewal assessment.
IDF Centres of Diabetes Education
Share common responsibilities with the Recognition Programme, namely to provide programming that meets IDF standards and to submit annual reports. However, the role is quite different and the process for assessment more complex. Centres of Diabetes Education commit to a partnership with IDF to strengthen global capacity to respond to the diabetes epidemic. It is a dual commitment - the first to a high standard of education for healthcare providers in diabetes and other related chronic diseases and the second to systems development.
This is an opportunity to be a key player in the advancement of diabetes education on a global scale. These centres will work closely with IDF to narrow the gap between the current recognized best practice in diabetes education and management and the experience of those with diabetes when they engage with the healthcare system.
As a Centre of Diabetes Education, an organization will commit energies to develop and sustain a network of centres under the leadership of IDF. It will be recognized for the quality education and the numbers of people they have been able to reach through their programming. Developing and maintaining partnerships that increase capacity for education for healthcare providers within their region will be an expectation of the Centres of Diabetes Education.
The Recognition Programme recognizes education programmes for meeting a standard in diabetes education. A Centre of Diabetes Education has a dual commitment – the first to quality education for healthcare providers based on best practice and the second to systems development focussed on building global capacity to respond to the diabetes epidemic.
The Recognition Programme and the Centres of Diabetes Education share the following characteristics and responsibilities
- Applications are welcomed from institutions or organizations.
- Programming must be based on the IDF International Curriculum for Diabetes Health Professional Education.
- Programming must meet the IDF International Standards for Diabetes Education.
- Applicants must accept and support the review and assessment processes of IDF.
- Designation and recognition is independent of financial support.
- Designation has a fixed term and an opportunity for renewal (Centre of Diabetes Education = 4 years; Recognition Programme = 3 years).
- Organization will be given permission to use the IDF logo on educational materials to represent the process of external review and standard of education they have achieved.
The following is applicable to Centres of Diabetes Education Only
- Centres of Diabetes Education are an integral part of an international collaborative voluntary network to initiate, facilitate, conduct and coordinate high-quality education for healthcare providers in diabetes and other related chronic diseases.
- Centres of Diabetes Education commit to implementing the IDF Strategic Plan.
- The organizational leadership commits their support to their role as an IDF Centre of Diabetes Education.
- The organization’s philosophies, values and beliefs are aligned with those of IDF.
- Centres of Diabetes Education must meet outcome and process standards (volume of students, length of programme, follow-up).
- Centres of Diabetes Education adopt the role of encouraging the uptake of the international curriculum guidelines and standards of education in their region.
- Centres of Diabetes Education partner with IDF to increase global capacity to respond to the diabetes epidemic.
Source: International Diabetes Federation