UCC CPD courses

Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care


Fact File

  • Title

    Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    Attendance on 2 days plus 12 weeks online distance learning

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Fees

    €900 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    29th of November 2019

  • Venue

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

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    11th of January 2020


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.

This module consists of distance learning units over 12 weeks supported by two workshop days covering practical skills cardiovascular disease prevention, identification, investigation and management. 

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Online distance learning starts mid January

Two full day workshops take place on Saturdays at UCC in February and March

Class DatesVenue 
8th February 2020 TBC
7th March 2020 TBC


There will be a1 hour Blackboard* training session in advance of course start date. 12 hrs of workshops are delivered (dates to be confirmed) plus allow 4-6 hrs per week x 12 weeks distance learning –reading courses material and participating in on line discussion board.

Partipication in an online discussion board over a 12 week period

Course work is submitted 4-6 weeks after the final online unit has been completed

*Blackboard is an online learning environment available to all staff and students in UCC.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Online discussion board participation 100 marks, E-activities/short written submissions 20 marks. Essay 2500-3500 words 80 marks.).



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).  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.

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

How Do I Apply

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form below and submit with the relevant documents to:

CPD Coordinator,

Graduate Studies Office, West Wing, Main Quad, University College Cork

OR via email at cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


Application Form:

CPD Application Form 2019-20

Forward this form along with the:

  • Application fee,
  • A passport sized photograph and
  • Any other documentation requested on the form.

Applications for this module are now open for 2019/20.