UCC CPD courses

Dementia in Primary Care GP5102

Course Fact File
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
Fees€900 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing DateNot running in Semester 1 or 2 in 2023/2024

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

Start DateNot running in Semester 1 or 2 in 2023/2024


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.

This modules consists of online distance learning units over 12 weeks supported by two workshop days at UCC.

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.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

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


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

For further information please see the Book of Modules.


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. katie.murphy@ucc.ie 

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

How To Apply

Applications for this module are currently not being taken.


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