UCC CPD courses

Diabetes in Primary Care GP5100

Course Fact File
DurationAttendance on two workshop days plus twelve weeks on-line distance learning.
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
Fees€900 See Fees and Costs for full details.


CreditsCertificate of attendance
Start DateNot running 2023/2024


This module consists of ten distance learning Units supported by two workshop days held from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. in Brookfield U.C.C. on Saturdays. Each Unit will run for one week (except Unit 9 which has three weeks). The Units are as outlined below:

  1. Diagnosis of diabetes.
  2. Control & monitoring; self-management education.
  3. Structured diabetes care.
  4. Lifestyle modification.
  5. Glucose Lowering Agents.
  6. Insulin.
  7. Acute emergencies.
  8. Preventing cardiovascular disease.
  9. Preventing diabetic eye, kidney and foot disease (3 weeks).
  10. Diabetes and pregnancy.

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Identify and categorise patients with problems with glycaemic control including diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, impaired fasting glucose and gestational diabetes.
  • Devise and implement appropriate management plans for patients with diabetes and related conditions including prescription of appropriate pharmacotherapy for glycaemic control and risk factor management.
  • Detect potential and actual complications of diabetes.
  • Devise and implement appropriate plans for the reduction of risks of complications and the management of any complications that do occur.
  • Facilitate patients in diabetes self-management and life-style modification.
  • Quality assure their diabetes care by the construction of a practice diabetes register and the conduct of audit and evaluation.

Additional Teaching Mode Information


This course runs over twelve weeks of on-line learning and supplemented with two study days held on Saturdays as outlined below. If required, due to public health restrictions, we will deliver study day content in short evening and weekend online sessions.

Workshops: Held from 9am-5pm on both Saturdays. 

Dates to be confirmed.


Foot Screening and Lifestyle Modification





There will be an ​introductory Canvas* training session on-line in advance of the course start date. There will be two study days (12 hrs) delivered (held on Saturdays) plus 4-6 hour per week x 12 weeks on-line distance learning, ​including ​reading course material and participating in an on-line discussion ​group.

*​  Canvas is an on-line learning environment available to all staff and students in U.C.C.

Course work ​(3 short assignments and an essay) to be submitted 4-6 weeks after the final on-line Unit of the course has been completed.

Assessment: Total Marks 200, Continuous Assessment 200 marks (On-line discussion board participation 100 marks, E-activities/short written submissions 20 marks. Essay 2,500 words, 80 marks.) 

Teaching and learning strategies Distance learning and workshops.

Assessment strategy 50%: Online participation 50%: Course assignments.


The Department of General Practice Continuing Professional Development modules are designed for General Practitioners and Practice Nurses working in primary care.  Admission to the module(s) will be subject to internal university approval processes on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of General Practice.

A minimum of 15 students is required for the course to run.  There is a maximum quota applicable to this course.  Applicants are advised to register an interest in the course in the first instance with the Department of General Practice. This course is focused on the learning needs for GPs/Practice Nurses/Podiatrists/Dietitians working in Primary care The course is primarily aimed at GP and PN applicants.

Applicants must provide evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (for example, the Irish Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (active registration) CORU, Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland). Applicants not registered with one of the above professional bodies must provide evidence of a level 8 qualification in a relevant health care discipline.

Candidates whose first language is not English must have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with scores in no individual sections less than 6.0.

All applicants are required to complete an application form and provide evidence of either current professional registration or primary degree.

Fees and Costs

In advance of applying candidates should contact the Department of General Practice to register an interest the course katie.murphy@ucc.ie 

The fee for this module is €900. There is also a €35 application fee.

How To Apply

This course will be open for applications soon. 


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