UCC CPD courses

Contemporary Approaches to Neurological, Cognitive and Mental Health in Later Life


Fact File

  • Title

    Contemporary Approaches to Neurological, Cognitive and Mental Health in Later Life

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    14th December 2020 t0 31st March 2021

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Qualifications

    CPD Module

  • Fees

    This module is open for applications for HEA-funded spaces on 11/11/2020. Where eligible, applicants will be entitled to a funded space on this module. Where ineligible, normal module fees (below) apply: €900 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Please see full entry requirements below. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    27th November 2020

  • Venue

    Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    14th December 2020


Module Objective: To critically evaluate contemporary approaches to dementia care across the continuum of care.

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

  • Critically discuss the impact of dementia on the individual, the family, on caregivers, and on society.
  • Critically evaluate a range of contemporary non-pharmacological approaches to care across the continuum of care.
  • Critically evaluate current approaches to pharmacological management of dementia.
  • Critically explore a range of approaches to the assessment of the individual's cognition, function, behaviour, and stage of dementia.
  • Critically analyse the impact of environmental design features on the person with dementia in a variety of care settings.
  • Identify appropriate therapeutic communication strategies for people with dementia in a variety of care settings.
  • In the context of international trends in dementia care, critically evaluate current Irish policy in regard to dementia.
  • Critically explore a range of approaches to the understanding, assessment and management of behavioural and psychiatric symptoms of dementia.
  • Identify a range of evidence-based interventions to support informal dementia caregivers.

Module Content: Overview of dementias; impact of dementia on the care recipient, family; informal and formal caregivers, and on society; standardised and non-standardised approaches to assessment; international and national policy context for dementia care; contemporary approaches to care (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) across the continuum of care; dementia-specific communication strategies; understanding the impact of environmental design on behaviour, function and cognition; understanding and intervening in behaviours in dementia; focus on the experience of informal dementia caregivers.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Please note: HEA Funded Spaces (July Stimulus Fund) will commence classes on 14th December 2020


Teaching Method(s): 16hrs Lectures/Workshop; 184hrs Distance Learning; Discussion Board Preparation and Participation, Required Reading, Assignment Preparation and Submission, Self-Directed Learning. 

Blended - on line with two workshops dates on Campus. 


Dates for 2020/2021:

Class date Venue 

Orientation :

Mon. 4th Jan 2021 


Thurs 18th Feb 2021 09.00-16:30

Room 2.25 BHSC

Tues 2rd March 2021 09.00-16:30


Fri 26th March 2021 09:00-16:30


Week Beginning 29th March 2021 Assignment Submission - TBC


Oral Presentation: 

Friday 26 March 2021




Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1,500 word assignment - 80 marks; E activities - 20 marks; seminar presentation - 100 marks.The seminar presentation will include digital recording.).


Open to registered health care professionals in Nursing, Midwifery, Medicine, and Clinical Therapies or other allied disciplines.

Applicants who are practising health care professionals must provide evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (active registration), the Irish Medical Council, the Health & Social Care Professions Council (or equivalent regulatory body for pharmacists, occupational therapist, podiatrists, speech and language therapists etc.)) Applicants from allied disciplines must provide evidence of professional certification, where appropriate.

Applicants who are under 23 years of age must satisfy the minimum entry requirements as for the Degrees in Nursing or Midwifery, as set out here

Admission to the module(s) will be subject to internal university approval processes on the recommendation of the Head of School.

Applicants for Nursing and Midwifery CPD modules who do not hold an up-to-date IELTS certificate showing the requisite Academic Board approved CM&H scores must demonstrate evidence of appropriate work experience within an English language environment for at least the previous 2 years.

These modules will not necessarily run unless minimum recruitment targets of 10 students are achieved.

Fees and Costs

This module is open for applications for HEA-funded spaces on 11/11/2020. Where eligible, applicants will be entitled to a funded space on this module.

Where ineligible, normal module fees (below) apply:

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

Note: HEA Funded spaces wil not be required to submit an application fee

How Do I Apply

If you are eligible to apply for a HEA funded space in 2020:

How to apply for a July Stimulus Place below

 1. Click on this link July Stimulus CPD Form , download form and complete.

 2. Return form by email to cpd@ucc.ie 

 3. No application fee required

You will need to email the following attachments to cpd@ucc.ie:

  1. Your completed CPD application form
  2. Any further documents required for specialised modules (these are detailed on the individual module pages)
  3. Funding eligibility document (list of appropriate documents below)
  4. Attach your birthcertificate or passport (ID is required so that we can register you on our student records system)

 Note: Some additional documents may be required depending on your nationality and native language:                                    

  1. If you are not an Irish/EU/EEA/UK/Swiss citizen, you must provide confirmation that you have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding application for the module (Stamp 4 Visas accepted)
  2. If you are not a native English speaker, you will also need to provide language proficiency documentation (details here)

Application submission dates will be based on receipt of complete submissions, including applicable documentation above. 

For further information see: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cpd/options/hea-funding/




To apply for this module if you are not eligible for a HEA funded space: 

  1. Download and complete the application form at the link below
  2. Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo)
  3. Pay your €35 application fee for this module via UCC’s Online Portal, noting your Application ID: Click here to proceed to UCC’s Online Portal
  4. Send your completed application form, photo and any relevant documents, including your application ID via email to cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


Application Form: 2020/21 CPD NU6117

Contemporary Approaches to Neurological, Cognitive and Mental Health in Later Life   CPD Module Application Form

Forward this form along with the:

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


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