Course Overview

The central importance of primary care has been repeatedly endorsed by governments in recent years. This course has been designed to meet your changing educational needs as a doctor or nurse working in primary care, using a combination of distance learning and face-to-face workshops. You can take a single module in a subject of your choice or work towards a PgCert/PDip.

This course has built-in flexibility to meet the needs of busy health-care professionals, allowing you to learn at a time and place that suits you. It is accredited for Continuing Medical Education and has received An Bord Altranais Category II approval.

The modules are delivered using an e-learning platform supported by dedicated skills training sessions at NUI Galway (usually two non-consecutive days per module). The distance education format allows you to engage in learning at a time and place that suit your lifestyle.

Postgraduate Certificate = any 3 modules, at least 2 clinical. 
Postgraduate Diploma = any 6 modules, at least 3 clinical.

The course is recognised for external CPD by the Irish College of General Practitioners, and has received Category 2 approval from An Bord Altranais.

Scholarships Available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

If you are interested in individual modules you may apply for a 
Professional Credit Award, click here.

Who Teaches this Course

Prof. Andrew W Murphy
Dr. Sarah Brennan
Dr. Patricia Cremin
Dr. Sean Dinneen
Dr. Eva Flynn
Dr. Liam Glynn
Dr. Brian Hallahan
Ms Mette Jensen
Dr. Kim Kavanagh
Ms. Marcella Kelly
Dr. Emma Kilgarriff
Dr. Redin Lawlor
Dr. Gary MacDonald
Ms. Maura Molloy
Dr. Micheál Newell
Dr. Grainne Ní Fhoghlu
Ms. Siobhan Smyth
Ms. Edel Tierney
Ms. Alison Van Laar

Requirements and Assessment

Work is assessed through a combination of practice-based assignments and participation in online discussions.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be registered healthcare professionals currently working in clinical practice in an Irish primary care setting. Applicants from secondary care may also be considered. General computer literacy is essential.

Additional Requirements

Duration

PDip: 10 months, full-time, in service
PgCert: 6 months, full-time, in service
Stand-alone modules: 6–12 weeks, full-time in service

Next start date

September 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20 per module

Closing Date

Please refer to offer rounds/closing dates website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

60 (PDip), 30 (PgCert)

Award

CAO

Course code

1CPDM1, 1CPDM2, 1CPDM3
Stand-alone modules, apply via www.nuigalway.ie/apply

Course Outline

Programme content (Trimester 1 = Sept–Dec; Trimester 2 = Jan–Mar; Trimester 3 = Mar–Jun)
 
Clinical Modules

Advanced Wound Care Management (trimester 2)
Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care (trimester 2)
Diabetes in Primary Care (trimester 2)
Infectious Disease in Primary Care (trimester 1)
Mental Health in Primary Care (trimester 3)
Minor Surgery and Related Dermatology (trimester 3)
Respiratory Disease in Primary Care ‌(trimester 1)
Women's Health in Primary Care (trimester 3)

Non-Clinical Modules

Clinical Teaching Methodologies (trimester 2)
Collaboration and Interagency Working (trimester 2)
Concepts & Principles of Primary Care (trimester 1)
Health Research Methods (trimester 1)
Literature Based Research Skills (trimester 1)‌

Anyone interested in completing a Masters in Primary Care should note that the final three modules listed above are mandatory – for more information please click here.

All modules are available on a stand-alone basis, or can be accumulated towards an award of PgCert (any three modules, at least two clinical) or PDip (any six modules, at least three clinical). Modules can be accumulated over a period of between one and three years, as you wish. Each module is delivered via a mix of online distance learning and face-to-face workshops in Galway (usually two non-consecutive days per module).

(Note: all programmes are suitable for those in full-time employment and may be taken over three years if required.)

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (10 Credits)

Optional GPN05: Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care is one of the 3 modules of the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Primary Care. These 3 courses are aimed specifically for GPs and Practice Nurses to improve the management of patients with chronic diseases and conditions relating to each area. In particular for Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care, this course covers the diagnosis and management, primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and it's risk factors and complications.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. • Understand coronary heart disease epidemiology
  2. • Understand the continuum of coronary heart disease and the pathophysiologic difference between stable coronary disease and acute coronary syndromes
  3. • Differentiate angina from other causes of chest pain
  4. • Understand the term “acute coronary syndromes”
  5. • Broadly differentiate ST elevation myocardial infarction from non-ST elevation MI and unstable angina
  6. • Pharmacologic drug therapies for angina prophylaxis and preventing acute coronary events
  7. • Role of revascularization, and differing revascularization strategies available including management of STEMI and the factors used to determine percutaneous intervention versus coronary bypass surgery for multi vessel coronary artery disease
  8. • Management of anti-thrombotic drug therapies
  9. • Have a patient-centred and evidence-based approach to the diagnosis, management and follow up of patients with high BP
  10. • Explain the use of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) and home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) in the management of hypertension
  11. • Explain the use of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) and home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) in the management of hypertension
  12. • Explain the use of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) and home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) in the management of hypertension
  13. • Have a patient-centred and evidence-based approach to the diagnosis, management and follow up of patients with hyperlipidaemia
  14. • Demonstrate an awareness of the barriers to effective management of hyperlipidaemia in Irish general practice
  15. • Demonstrate an awareness of the features of management of hyperlipidaemia in your practice that either meet or fall short of international standards
  16. • Know when cardiovascular risk should be estimated
  17. • Use cardiovascular risk assessment tools such as SCORE and QRISK
  18. • Outline the key tasks of behaviour change consultations
  19. • Demonstrate knowledge of the different factors that affect behaviour change
  20. • Understand how consultation style influences how willing patients are to change their behaviour
  21. • Demonstrate how psychological theory can illustrate behaviour change as an ongoing process
  22. • Outline an appropriate approach to behaviour change for patients with cardiovascular disease
  23. • Diagnose and treat new cases of atrial fibrillation
  24. • Demonstrate a full understanding of the most appropriate diagnostic tests for atrial fibrillation and the rationale for choosing these tests
  25. • Differentiate in most newly presenting patients between significant and less-significant symptoms relating to arrhythmias
  26. • Decide which arrhythmia patients need urgent admission or referral
  27. • Be able to determine the difference between atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter
  28. • Determine thrombo-embolic risk using the ChadsVasc Score
  29. • Be able to decide who needs anticoagulation
  30. • Determine the bleeding risk in patients- using HASBLED score
  31. • Be able to prescribe New Oral Anticoagulants- indication, and contraindication, dose reduction in specific groups, interactions
  32. • Be aware of left atrial appendage occlusion device for patients who cannot take anticoagulation and are at high risk of stroke
  33. • Be able to determine how to switch from warfarin to NOAC and vice versa
  34. • Be familiar with the different drugs for AF treatment
  35. • Determine rate vs rhythm control – who needs rate control, who needs rhythm control
  36. • Be able to understand the different modalities for AF treatment
  37. • Understand the basics of pharmacology of anti-arrhythmic agents
  38. • Outline a systematic approach to the diagnosis of heart failure in the community and the appropriate use and interpretation of investigations for heart failure
  39. • Demonstrate knowledge of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HF-rEF), heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HF-pEF) and heart failure with mid range ejection fraction (HF-mrEF)
  40. • Outline an appropriate follow-up regime for patients with heart failure.
  41. • Demonstrate awareness of emerging strategies in the prevention and management of heart failure
  42. • Assess cardiovascular risk in women seeking hormonal contraception
  43. • Outline a systematic approach to the assessment and management of cardiovascular risk in menopausal women
  44. • Understand, be able to identify, and appropriately mange and refer patients with hypertensive disease in pregnancy
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module GPN05: "Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional GPN02: Diabetes in Primary Care


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Diabetes in Primary Care is one of the 3 modules of the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Primary Care. These 3 courses are aimed specifically for GPs and Practice Nurses to improve the management of patients with chronic diseases and conditions relating to each area. In particular for Diabetes in Primary Care, this course covers the diagnosis and management of diabetes and it's complications. This course has been developed so that the tutors and teachers involved are local experts and specialists in the area and involves a multidisciplinary approach. The aim of the course is to offer an excellent learning resource and also offer an opportunity to build support with specialists in secondary care. This module has been developed for general practitioners and practice nurses and is aimed to address the learning needs of those managing the chronic condition of diabetes in primary care. This course is ICGP accredited.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. • Explain the symptoms of diabetes in terms of metabolic abnormalities of diabetes
  2. • Demonstrate a full understanding of the most appropriate diagnostic tests for diabetes and the rationale for choosing these tests
  3. • Describe the classification of diabetes
  4. • Differentiate in most newly presenting patients between type 1 and 2 diabetes
  5. • Describe the benefits of a screening programme for diabetes
  6. • Describe and evaluate current research in diabetes prevention
  7. • Describe and evaluate the major studies on the benefits of blood glucose control in diabetes
  8. • Educate people with diabetes on the benefits of tight blood glucose control
  9. • Assess the level of control of diabetes for each individual 
  10. • Describe and evaluate the current evidence on clinical and self-monitoring of blood glucose
  11. • Describe the aims of diabetes management
  12. • Describe and evaluate major international and national studies on the management of diabetes in primary care
  13. • Set up a practice register
  14. • Organize regular reviews for people with diabetes
  15. • Create a practice protocol for the review visit of people with diabetes
  16. • Carry out regular evaluation with audit of the care of people with diabetes in the practice
  17. • Communicate the benefits of promoting changes in health-related behaviour
  18. • Apply recent advances in nutrition therapy in diabetes care
  19. • Formulate an effective individualised programme for dietary modification and increased physical activity for the person with diabetes
  20. • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the indications for and mechanisms of actions of the different classes of glucose–lowering agents (except insulin) used in treating type 2 diabetes
  21. • Apply this knowledge in evaluating the effectiveness and rationale for the drug regimen in use
  22. • Demonstrate a clear knowledge of appropriate and optimal use of different glucose-lowering agents that should be added in second and third line after metformin to achieve glycaemic targets in a wide range of clinical settings
  23. • Discuss appropriate targets for treatment with each person in drawing up a patient-centred individualised care plan
  24. • Describe the common side-effects of glucose-lowering agents that tolook out for in patients
  25. • Advise patients on their glucose-lowering agents in order to increase compliance with treatment
  26. • Demonstrate an understanding of the various types of insulin
  27. • Demonstrate an understanding of the methods of insulin administration
  28. • Explain the indications for introducing insulin in type 2 diabetes
  29. • Advise patients about practical aspects of their insulin treatment
  30. • Monitor for problems associated with insulin injections
  31. • Advise about adjusting doses to achieve optimal control
  32. • Describe the causes of hypoglycaemia
  33. • Diagnose and manage acute hypoglycaemic episodes
  34. • Advise individuals with diabetes on preventing and self-management of hypoglycaemia
  35. • Explain the mechanisms of hyperglycaemic complications of diabetes including diabetic ketoacidosis
  36. • Describe how to recognise hyperglycaemic complications so that they can be referred promptly for hospital treatment
  37. • Advise people with diabetes during episodes of intercurrent illness in order to prevent diabetic ketoacidosis
  38. • Advise people with diabetes regarding safe driving and international travel to avoid acute complications.
  39. • Explain the high incidence of cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes
  40. • Describe the risk factors for cardiovascular disease
  41. • Evaluate the evidence for aggressive multiple risk factor intervention in diabetes in order to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
  42. • Assess and manage hypertension in people with diabetes according to evidence-based guidelines
  43. • Assess and manage dyslipidaemia in people with diabetes according to evidence-based guidelines
  44. • Select high risk individuals for screening for cardiovascular disease
  45. • Describe the problem of erectile dysfunction in the context of diabetes
  46. • Describe the management of coronary artery disease in diabetes
  47. • Ensure secondary prevention of cardiovascular events in people with diabetes who have existing cardiovascular disease
  48. • Explain the choices in contraception available to individuals with diabetes
  49. • Describe the importance of good diabetes control in avoiding complications in pregnancy
  50. • Recognise an individual’s risk factors for microvascular disease, in particular diabetic eye, foot and kidney disease and take steps to minimize those risk factors 
  51. • Describe the role of the primary care team in ensuring annual recall and in screening for retinopathy, neuropathy and nephropathy
  52. • Organise screening for diabetic complications in order to aid their early detection
  53. • Utilise effectively the resources of the health service in organising treatment for diabetic complications
  54. • Educate patients about diabetic complications, the need for regular screening for complications even if they are asymptomatic, and the various treatment options available if complications arise
  55. • Teach people with diabetes about self-care of their feet in order to prevent foot problems 
  56. • Carry out a full examination and evaluation of the foot
  57. • Describe the process of screening for and managing diabetic foot problems
  58. • Arrange appropriate referral for any foot problems encountered
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "A Practical Guide to Integrated Diabetes Care" by n/a
  2. "Additional recommended and supplemental references per weekly unit." by n/a
The above information outlines module GPN02: "Diabetes in Primary Care" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course is recognised for external CPD by the Irish College of General Practitioners, and has received Category 2 approval from An Bord Altranais. The content of the course is well aligned with the new HSE clinical care pathways, and will help community-based practitioners to meet the increasing expectation to demonstrate their continuing competence.

Interdisciplinary learning provides new and interesting challenges for primary care professionals that reflect many of the issues that occur in the context of primary care teams. Thus involvement in the NUI Galway clinical primary care modules will support better primary care team development and operation.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,915 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€4,691 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2018/19
PDip: €4,915; PgCert: €2,675; Single module: €850.

Find out More

Dr Eva Flynn
T: +353 91 493 699
E: eva.flynn@nuigalway.ie

Downloads

  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2019

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2019 PDF (12.6 MB)