UCC and NUIG have joined forces to offer a “Diabetes in Primary Care” module to GPs all over the country via ‘blended learning’.
The module comprises 12 weeks of online distance learning plus two study days in either UCC or NUIG.
NUIG have been offering the module annually since 2006. UCC, with the support of Novartis, Sanofi Aventis and Eli Lilly, has delivered the module four times since 2011. Demand is ongoing, with 73 GPs completing the module to date, as well as 40 practice nurses.
In a survey of a random sample of GPs in Ireland, 75% of responders indicated that education in diabetes care would provide the best opportunity for developing diabetes care in their practices (McHugh et al. 2009). Feedback from GPs who have completed the module has been very positive, with particular reference to its practical application for everyday practice in the management of diabetes.
UCC are to offer the module annually in the autumn and NUIG will offer it annually from January 2014.
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Dr.Helen Barrow (GP Mallow), Angie O’Connor (DiGP Diabetes Nurse Specialist), Bernadette O’Riordan (Clinical Nurse Specialist Diabetes Prevention), Katie Murphy (DiGP Diabetes Nurse Facilitator), Dr. Susan McLaughlin (GP Cork City), Dr. Jim Harty (GP Cork City), Dr.Ivan Martin (GP Rosscarbery), Dr. Ian Bell (GP Clonakilty), Dr.Matt Dahm (GP Clonakilty), Dr. Susanne Kelly (GP Ballincollig), Dr.Michael Kennedy (GP Buttevant).
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Prof. Colin Bradley (Head of Dept. of General Practice UCC and Course Director), Dr. Margaret Kiely (GP Glanmire), Dr. Joe Moran (GP Fermoy), Dr. Joy O’Donoghue (GP Glanmire), Dr.Paul McDonald (GP Cobh), Dr.Brad Noel (GP Cork City), Dr. Aoife Moloney (GP Youghal), Dr. Sarah Duggan (GP Mallow), Dr.Michael McGrath (GP Tralee), Dr.Aideen Coleman (GP Bandon), Dr.Joe McAuliffe (GP Cork City), Susan Sheehan (Podiatrist SIVUH Diabetes Day Centre), Dr.Brendan Connolly (GP Ballineen), Dr. Ray Mulready (GP Cork City), Marie Heffernan (Advanced Nurse Practitioner SIVUH), Dr.Frank Hill (GP Cork City), Dr. Martin O’Gorman (GP Fermoy),