Welcome to the IPU Academy Spring Programme

Happy New Year and welcome to the IPU Academy Spring Programme. In 2015, almost 5,000 attendances were recorded at the two successful IPU Academy Programmes. Using your personal membership login now to view and book online all the live learning courses in the IPU Academy Spring Programme.

The IPU Academy Spring Programme will deliver Continuing Education (CE) in traditional presentation format, i.e. a two hour live learning seminar, at a location near you. In addition to the live learning events, we plan to hold a number of national webinars on www.ipuacademy.ie during the Spring Programme.

The five topics in the IPU Academy Spring Programme were selected based on your feedback and will be delivered in venues countrywide. The topics are all of current relevance and designed to assist you in developing and delivering services to your patients in your pharmacy.

The format for the live learning remains unchanged; courses will start at 8pm sharp and will last two hours. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

This year, the new IIoP system for monitoring our engagement with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) will come into effect. IPU Academy is here to support your engagement with the new CPD system. There are five stages to the CPD cycle. A copy of the CPD cycle is included in the CPD template which is provided for each topic. You can enter at any stage of the CPD cycle, e.g. by attending an IPU Academy course you will have completed an Action stage of the CPD cycle. You can then download your IPU Academy Attendance Certificate to assist in completing the Document stage of the CPD cycle.

Feedback and suggestions for future topics to be developed by IPU Academy are welcome at ipuacademy@ipu.ie.

Ischaemic Heart Disease (IHD) affects a large number of our patients. For many patients, management may involve taking a range of prescribed medicines along with procedures such as stent insertion.

The aim of this course is to outline the stages of IHD, management options for each stage and the rationale for their use and identify potential issues to discuss with patients. 

Dry skin and eczema are skin conditions that affect all age groups and affect both sexes equally, but usually starts in childhood. There has been a steady increase in the prevalence of these conditions over the past 30 years and they represent a large proportion of the patient queries that community pharmacists deal with in their day to day practice.

The aim of this course is to provide pharmacists with an overview of eczema and dry skin and outline the management and treatment options for these conditions. 

Schizophrenia is as common in the community as rheumatoid arthritis, with an estimated annual cost of €460 million in Ireland. Up to 10% of patients with schizophrenia die by suicide.

The aim of this course is to provide an outline of schizophrenia, possible causes and treatment options available, along with information and discussion on the role of the community pharmacist in supporting patients to manage their condition.  

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) present a significant public health problem and are a major cause of acute illness, infertility, long-term disability and death worldwide. In 2013, 12,753 cases of STIs were reported in Ireland; therefore, sexual health is an important aspect to consider for all patients.

The aim of this course is to outline the risk factors, symptoms and treatment for all common STIs as well as provide information on how to reduce the risk of contracting STIs along with an update on emergency contraception. 

Immunosuppression can pose a serious health risk to patients. Traditionally, pharmacists would be aware of this issue in post-transplant patients, but nowadays this risk arises in other chronic conditions and as a side-effect of many medicines.

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of immunosuppression, how it can develop and describe the management strategy of both acute and chronic immunosuppression.