The Dept of General Practice in UCC developed and launched a blended learning CPD accredited postgraduate dementia in primary care module for GPs in September 2017, running the module twice in 2017/18 for 19 GP students and in 2018/19 for 16 GP students.
This module consists of eight distance learning / online units involving structured group discussion of case studies run over 12 weeks and supported by two workshop days onsite at UCC in October/November. The units will include:
Unit 1 Pathophysiology and Assessment of Dementia
Unit 2 Post Diagnostic Support
Unit 3 Assessing Capacity and Legal Issues in Dementia
Unit 4 Driving in Dementia
Unit 5 Risk Assessment & Caring for the Carer
Unit 6 Medications in Dementia
Unit 7 Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
Unit 8 Advanced Dementia & Palliative Care
Each unit will be facilitated by a GP experienced in dementia care and/ or a Geriatrician or Old Age Psychiatrist. Participation in the online discussion forums is flexible and can be done in your own time.
Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment. Participation in online discussion boards (50%), written assignments and final essay (50%)
The 2 study days will be accredited by the ICGP for 12 external CPD credits and 4 GMS study leave sessions. Time spent on online learning can be logged for internal and personal CPD credits with the ICGP.
Closing Date for Applications: End of July
Induction: September (short evening meeting at UCC).
Online Distance Learning: Starts mid September.
Workshops: 9am-5pm on two Saturdays at UCC, usually one in October, one in November.
Cost: €850 - €900
Part funding may be available from the PREPARED project for successful GP applicants.
This module will run annually depending on interest - please contact the Department of General Practice to be placed on the waiting list or if you want any further information about the course.
For more information on this CPD module click here for the UCC Graduate Studies information.