Diabetes Pharmacists Role



The community pharmacist is local, accessible and has the potential to play an important role in the successful management of type 2 diabetes.1 More than 430 million visits are made to a community pharmacy every year in England alone, and 81% of community pharmacies are already ‘Healthy Living Pharmacies’ providing a range of prevention and detection services, as well as advice on healthy eating, weight loss, smoking cessation services and physical activity.2

Learning objectives

On completion of this module, you will have a better understanding of:

  • The definition and diagnosis of type 2 diabetes
  • The aims of management
  • Guideline recommendations
  • The role of the pharmacist

Section 1. Definition and diagnosis of type 2 diabetes

Section 2. The aims of management

Section 3. Guideline recommendations

Section 4. The role of the pharmacist: supporting patients

Section 5. Reflection

Click ‘Start’ to open the CPD module

When you have finished the module, complete the downloadable document to record your learning, and which you can use to create a CPD record on your GPhC account for revalidation. You should ensure that you include:

  • What you want to learn
  • The relevance of the learning to your practice
  • How the learning will affect the people using your services
  • How the learning (once you have applied it) has benefitted the people using your services, illustrated with an example.


Job Code: UK/DIA-19020c DOP: February 2020


  1. Community pharmacists in the front line. Diabetes Update Winter 2012:34-36.
  2. Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Using pharmacists to help improve care for people with type 2 diabetes; 2019. https://www.rpharms.com/recognition/all-our-campaigns/policy-a-z/diabetes/diabetes-policy [Accessed February 2020].