Postgraduate Programme: Cancer Care in Primary Care Ireland

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The nature of cancer care is rapidly changing from a chronic illness to a long-term, community-based condition. In order to optimise care of cancer survivors, there is a fundamental need to upskill primary care healthcare workers on the advances in cancer care and create greater integration between primary and secondary health services.

ICGP accredited for 20 CME hours and 4 GMS study days

NMBI accredited for 5CEUs

IIOP suitable for recording in the IIOP e-portfolio

Aimed at Primary Care Nurses, Family Doctors and Pharmacists, this 6-week course, comprising 26 learning hours, is the ideal way to further your knowledge and career in cancer care management in primary care.

Designed specifically to cater for busy health professionals, this short course is a response to the recent National Cancer Strategy and combines practical and case-based learning.  Delivered by leading cancer care experts, through a blended programme of workshops and face-to-face online tutorials, using best practice in medical education.

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  • Award title

    Postgraduate Course

  • Programme duration


  • Validated by

    University College Cork

Entry requirements

  • Evidence of proficiency in the English language

  • Full employment in a medical practice throughout the duration of the programme

  • Medical or health-related science degree granted by a recognised institution

What will I study?

This programme blends self-directed learning and Tutor-led group learning. Throughout the programme, you'll engage in:

  • Online group tutorials
  • Tutor-moderated discussion forums
  • Interactive case studies
  • A reflective exercise

The programme is broken down into 3 modules:

Weeks 1 & 2

  • Identify key themes in the National Cancer Strategy and describe ways that they can be delivered in practice.
  • Understand how to identify individuals at risk of common cancers and describe prevention initiatives for common cancers (breast, cervical, prostate, colo-rectal).
  • Evaluate the strengths and limits of current screening programmes and how to increase participation in national programmes.
  • Providing information to patients about the possibility of interval cancers.

Weeks 3 & 4 

  • Demonstrate the ability to describe and evaluate new cancer treatment modalities to patients.
  • Explain the general mechanisms and adverse effects of treatments, (e.g. chemotherapy/radiotherapy/hormonal therapy/monoclonal antibodies etc.).
  • Identify adverse events and appropriate procedures for escalation.
  • Develop approaches to recognise and manage potentially serious symptoms in patients receiving novel cancer therapeutics.
  • Identify sources of guidance for obtaining information on specific treatments and side effects.

Weeks 5 & 6

  • Evaluate and manage risks associated with survivorship, e.g. long-term effects of treatment, other co-morbidities, the risk of recurrence etc.
  • Critique the role of the practitioner and patient in developing the skills required for patient self-management and planning care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of acute care referral, hospice referral and management of palliative care in line with HSE resources.
  • Initiate, guide and record discussions on end of life planning with the patient, in a timely and effective manner.

Programme benefits

  • Graduates will receive a programme completion certificate from a top ranking university
  • No need to take time away from work or travel to a classroom
  • Designed and delivered by world leading experts
  • Local CME accreditation awarded
  • Available anytime, anywhere, on any device

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