Diabetes eLearning

Project summary

All things insulin


Insulin is a very interesting hormone (chemical messenger). Insulin has many important roles in normal body physiology, and its link to controlling blood glucose (sugar) is well known to many. Absence of insulin or impaired insulin function can result in diabetes that is characterised by uncontrolled high glucose.

To provide the learner with everything that they need to know about insulin in one place, the project team created an eLearning package called 'All things insulin’. It covers all the relevant topics about insulin, from insulin physiology and biochemistry through to its clinical use in managing glucose levels in diabetes. Where relevant, graphics and patient stories have been embedded to visually illustrate its role.

All Things Insulin is designed for students who study health science subjects, clinicians and other health professionals, as well as patients and their families. It offers two different learning paths: Sections and Themes:

Sections guides the user through each topic of All Things Insulin sequentially. There are eight different sections which they can work through in turn:
- Section 1: An introduction to insulin and diabetes
- Section 2: How the body controls blood glucose concentrations
- Section 3: How insulin works and what happens in diabetes
- Section 4: Types of insulin available for clinical use
- Section 5: Clinical indications for using insulin
- Section 6: Administration of insulin
- Section 7: Factors affecting insulin performance
- Section 8: Side effects of insulin

Themes guides the user through each topic by looking at the subject from different perspectives. There are four different themes which they can work through in any order:
- Theme 1: Science
- Theme 2: Patient Perspective
- Theme 3: Health Professional (Clinical)
- Theme 4: Health Professional (How to/Skills)

All things insulin was launched in October 2016 and is freely available at the link below.



  • Project lead / Coordinator: Dr Sunhea Choi
  • Lead educator(s): Dr Nicola Englyst and Dr Mayank Patel BM MRCP DM, Consultant in Diabetes
  • Learning design: Dr Andy Pulman
  • Media development: Nik Martin
  • Implementation: Dr Andy Pulman



For further information, contact Dr Nicola Englyst, Associate Professor, Programme Leader for MSc Diabetes Best Practice, Lead for Mentoring Scheme (N.A.Englyst@soton.ac.uk).

Useful links


All Things Insulin