Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care is a continuous professional development course for general practitioners and practice nurses covering the area of cardiovascular disease in general practice. This module has been designed to equip doctors working in primary care with the knowledge and skills to care for patients with cardiovascular disease effectively. This module is delivered by local specialists in cardiovascular care through online distance learning and two clincial workshop days. There is a particular emphasis on developing chronic disease management of cardiovascular disease with the use of evidence based guidelines and support from local specialists, to improve the overall patient care in this group.

Places: 20 Places: €850 sponsorship secured for course fee.
Duration: January – March, 11 distance learning weeks, 3-4 online hours per week, with two clinical workshops.
Additional information: ICGP CPD approved, fulfills the audit requirement of the Competence Assurance Scheme.
Credits attained: 12.5 external CPD points, 30 internal CPD points, 10 personal CPD points.


Why study this programme?

Improving care through primary and secondary prevention in the area of cardiovascular disease in patients is the key aim of this course. This course will help you deliver an effective management plan based on up to date resources and support from multi-professional specialists for the patients with cardiovascular disease in your practice. By developing an effective management plan with the help of this course, the aim is to improve the overall patient care of this expanding patient group. As part of the distance online learning you will study:

1. Primary Prevention and Risk Stratification
2. Hypertension and Hyperlipidaemia
3. Heart Failure
4. Ischaemic Heart Disease and Valvular Disease
5. Primary Care Management post Myocardial Infarction, Stenting and Secondary Prevention
6. Arrhythmias, Stroke and Sudden Cardiac Death
7. Cardiovascular Disease in Special Conditions

Programme outline

This course consists of six distance learning units supported by two clinical workshop days. Each unit is delivered online and last two weeks. Each unit is tutored by a designated specialist in the area of cardiovascular disease. The workshops are again specialist led and a key component of each workshop are case based discussions. These workshops take place on the main campus of NUIG.

Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care


This course will be assessed through online participation and e-tivities and an end-of-course assignment.
The breakdown for this assessment is as follows:
•  45%: continuous assessment (e-tivities and online participation)
•  55%: practice-based assignment on completion of module (1,500 words)

Professional and Practice

Development Chronic disease management is now well recognised to be a large component of patient health care needs in Irish General Practice and the workload for General Practitioners. Cardiovascular Disease is one of the main chronic diseases that effects a large patient population in Ireland. This course has the main focus of upskilling the general practitioners and nurses in this area, in order to deliver an effective management plan for this patient group and in turn, improve patient care and outcomes. The focus of the course has led to significant advances in practice, including improved primary prevention, identification and intervention in at-risk patients, effective secondary prevention through identification, creation of a register and a recall system, and improved management of cases in primary care, preventing unnecessary emergency referral. Support from local specialists in Cardiology throughout this course also establishes a good link between the General Practitioner, the Practice Nurse and Secondary Care. This course is fully accredited for CPD and also includes the CPD requirement for an audit.

The workshops include:

  Primary Prevention – Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Primary Care
  Secondary Prevention – Post Myocardial Infarction Rehabilitation
  Heart Failure •  Cardiac Investigations and ECG interpretations
  Arrhythmias and NOACs
  Pre-hospital emergency care update


Enquiries to Course Director: Dr Eva Flynn
• e: [email protected]
• t: +353 91 493699