UCC CPD courses

Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care GP5101

Course Fact File
DurationAttendance on two 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.
Closing DateN/A

Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork.  Exact rooms to be confirmed.

Start DateNot running 2023/2024


This module aims to develop the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals in the management of Cardiovascular Disease. Emphasis will be placed on developing a structured system of care which supports patients in managing their condition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This module will use current guidelines and evidence based practice in cardiovascular care as a basis for theoretical and practical lessons and will cover the main subdivisions of CVD problems that are diagnosed and managed in the primary care setting.

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

  • Describe and manage common CVD conditions
  • Use risk scoring programmes to define CVD risk
  • Devise and implement appropriate management plans for patients with CVD including risk factor management and appropriate pharmacotherapy
  • Explain the use of ambulatory and home based BP monitoring in management of hypertension
  • Outline a systematic approach to the diagnosis and follow up of heart failure
  • Differentiate angina from other causes of chest pain
  • Diagnose and treat new cases of atrial fibrillation
  • Plan the follow up of patients who have had surgery for heart disease
  • Interpret an ECG


Module Content: There will be eight units delivered as a distance learning module on Canvas over 12 weeks. There will also be two workshop days covering practical skills cardiovascular disease prevention, identification, investigation and management.

Module Details

Unit 1 Cardiovascular Risk Assessment, Lifestyle Modification and Behaviour Change

Unit 2 Management of Hypertension

Unit 3 Management of Hyperlipidaemia

Unit 4 Diagnosis and Management of Cardiac Arrhythmias and Stroke Prevention

Unit 5  Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Heart Failure

Unit 6  Diagnosis and Management of Ischaemic Heart Disease and Valvular Heart Disease

Unit 7 Presentation, Diagnosis and Management Syncope.  Sudden Cardiac Death

Unit 8 Cardiovascular Disease and Womens Health

Additional Teaching Mode Information


Introduction session to be confirmed

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

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

February 2024 - dates to be confirmed

ECG Workshop and CVD Case Studies  

March 2024 -  dates to be confirmed

Behaviour Change and CV Assessment





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 from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. in Brookfield U.C.C. on Saturdays plus 4-6 hours 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) submitted 4-6 weeks after the final on-line Unit of the course has been completed.




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.  Applicants are advised to register an interest in the course in the first instance with the Department of General Practice.

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.  https://www.ucc.ie/en/gp/ : Katie.murphy@ucc.ie 

The fee for this module is €900. 

How To Apply