Diagnosing and Managing Type 2 Diabetes in Primary Care

Course Description

In 2015, the HSE introduced the 'Diabetes Cycle of Care' (CoC) nationwide. The Diabetes Cycle of Care aims to provide care in the most appropriate clinical setting to individuals diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This education programme is aimed at nurses working in clinical practice who require basic knowledge and skills to care for people with diabetes on a day-today basis.  The programme will assist participants in gaining an understanding of the clinical evidence underpinning the diagnosis and ongoing care and management of the person with diabetes utilising current best practice.

Course Schedule:

9.45: Welcome and Introductions

10.00: Setting the Scene

10.15: Diagnosing Diabetes in Primary Care, incl. group work

10.45: Break

11.15: Nutrition and Diabetes

11.45: Pharmacological Management, incl. Hypoglycaemia Management (case studies/group work)

13.00: Lunch

13.30: Initiating Insulin and GLP-1s in Primary Care, incl. Driving Guidelines

14.15: Complications of Diabetes, incl. CVD, CKD, Foot and Eye Complications

15.15: Diabetes Cycle of Care, incl. Footcare Progamme

16.00: Evaluation and Close.

Course Aim

This programme aims to update the nurse in the diagnosis and management of Type 2 diabetes.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:


1. Understand the clinical evidence underpinning the diagnosis of diabetes and pre-diabetes

2. Demonstrate proficiency in the ongoing care and management of the diabetic patient 

3. Understand the initiation of insulin and GLP-1s in primary care

4. Recognise and manage the complications of Type 2 diabetes and understand the role of the multi-disciplinary team.

Who Should Attend

Practice Nurses and similar healthcare professionals.

Trainer’s Profile

Trainer Name: Ruth Morrow MSc., BNS., RANP., RNP., RGN

Ruth received her general training in the Adelaide Hospital, Dublin and in 1992 chose the career path of practice nursing one year following qualification. She is currently employed in a single-handed General Practice in rural Co Leitrim. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing Studies degree programme in the distance learning centre (Oscail) at DCU and followed this with a Masters in Nursing Science from the University of Manchester and the Royal College of Nursing in the UK. In 2001, she received Clinical Nurse Specialist status and in November 2005 was accredited as the first Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care in Ireland. Her role primarily focuses on long term conditions which include diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, coronary heart disease, COPD and asthma. In 2010, she completed the Certificate in Nurse/Midwife prescribing and became a Registered Nurse Prescriber. Ruth has published many articles on a wide range of clinical issues. She is currently consulting editor of Nursing in General Practice, the official journal of the Irish Practice Nurses Association. In 2015, she was appointed clinical director of NurseCPD which publishes e-learning modules for nurses. She is a trainer for Education for Health in the UK for the Asthma Diploma. She is also a tutor for the asthma and COPD on-line modules in NUIG. Ruth also runs her own consultancy business and has written and developed a number of respiratory education programmes which have been approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland and are delivered to practice nurses nationally. Ruth frequently supports the Asthma Society of Ireland, the Leitrim Branch of Diabetes Ireland and Special Olympics Ireland. In 2010 and 2014, she was the Medical Co-ordinator with the Irish Special Olympics European Team in Poland and Belgium respectively. In 2017, she was the medical co-ordinator for Irish Special Olympics World Team for the World Winter Games in Austria and has been recently appointed as the Medical Co-ordinator for Team Ireland for the World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi in 2019. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys walking, yoga, cycling, crocheting reading and gardening.

Course Details

  • Category: General Practice Training
  • Venue: Nationwide
  • Duration: Days: 1
  • Provider: Leading Healthcare Providers Skillnet
  • Skillnet Members Price: €30.00
  • Unemployed: No
  • Accreditation: NMBI Accredited
  • Award: NMBI CEUs
  • Credits/CEU's: 5
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