GP5102 Dementia in Primary Care

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Module Title: GP5102 Dementia in Primary Care

College: Medicine and Health

Duration: To Be Advised

Credits: 10

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

Teaching Method(s): 14 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 4hr(s) Directed Study (up to a max of 12 x 6 hrs).


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

Costs: €850

Entry Requirements: The Department of General Practice Continuing Professional Development modules are open to registered health care professionals in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Allied Health care disciplines or applicants who hold a relevant primary degree. Please see further entry requirements below.

Module Code: GP5102

Closing Date: Now closed for applications for 2017/2018

Next Intake: Semester 1, 2017-18. Dates TBC.


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

  • Identify and describe the main subtypes of dementia and their symptoms
  • Describe and implement appropriate primary care based cognitive assessment and diagnostic tools and investigations
  • Identify appropriate specialist and community resources to support the person with dementia and their carer
  • Understand the roles of the whole primary care team and in the ongoing management of dementia
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of the symptoms of dementia
  • Understand the medico-legal issues that arise when managing a person with dementia.

Module Details

Module Objective: This module aims to develop the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals in the identification and management of dementia. This module will use current guidelines and research in dementia care as a basis for theoretical and practical lessons.

Module Content: 

  • Introduction, awareness raising and risk factors
  • Dementia sub types
  • Investigations and cognitive assessment tools
  • Approaches to person centred care; communication and disclosure
  • Diagnosis, referral and memory clinics
  • Dementia management in the community 
  • Pharmacotherapy 
  • Management of behavioural and psychological symptoms
  • Driving and dementia
  • Medico-legal issues
  • Advanced dementia and palliative care
  • Carers of persons with dementia.

Detailed Entry Requirements

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) and the 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. 

Application Procedure

CPD Application Form 2017-18 (163kB)

Please forward the completed application form, the €35 application fee and any relevant documentation to the:  CPD Coordinator, Graduate Studies Office, 2nd Floor, West Wing, University College Cork, Cork.



Module Practicalities

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (E-tivities and online participation, 90 marks; Assignment - 2,500-3,500 words, 110 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

For further information please see the Book of Modules.

Further Contact Information

Siobhan Boyle,
Research Support Officer - Prepared,
Department of General Practice,
4.13 Western Gateway Building,
Tel:  021 4205596.
Prof. Colin Bradley,
Module Co-Ordinator,
Dept. of General Practice,
Tel: +353 (0)490 1547.

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