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Centre for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning

Short Courses


Health

Barbados and the OECS face a health care environment that is becoming increasingly complex and costly to maintain.  The challenges presented by the health care environment demand that medical personnel engage in continuous learning, and that average citizens play a greater role in personal and familial and community health management.  As a response to societal needs and concerns, the Centre for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning at the Cave Hill Campus offers a suite of continuing education and professional development courses to doctors, nurses and therapists while offering beginners’ courses in the management of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension to the general public.

Diabetes- Origin, Testing, Treatment and Management (DOTTM)

Diabetes- Origin, Testing, Treatment and Management (DOTTM)

The Health of the Nation 2011 study reported that 20% of the Barbadian population 25 yrs and older has a diagnosis of type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), with this percentage increasing to 50% in persons who are 65 or older. To achieve adequate blood sugar control at home starts with knowing when the blood sugar levels are out of control. Thus, this course uses practical demonstrations to educate delegates on how to test for blood glucose levels and how to interpret the results. The course also addresses the pathophysiology of diabetes, the complications associated with diabetes and the management and treatment of the disease.  On completion, you will be able serve in a community support role for the management of diabetes, alongside medical personnel.  This course (DOTTM) is a natural complement for Hypertension - Origin, Testing, Treatment and Management (HOTTM).

Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face

 

Diet and Nutrition

Diet and Nutrition

For many patients, specialist care and medicine must be accompanied by dietary changes to effect lasting healing and wellness. This course is designed to enhance the skill set of healthcare professionals in the critical area of diet and nutrition.You will be presented with the knowledge required for the prevention and management of diet related illnesses in children, and in patients confronting diabetes, hypertension, obesity, cancer and renal impairment. Most importantly, you will learn how to prepare efficacious diet plans for each of the aforementioned groups.

Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face ONLINE

 

Hypertension- Origin, Testing, Treatment and Management (HOTTM)

Hypertension- Origin, Testing, Treatment and Management (HOTTM)

The Health of the Nation 2011 study reported that 40% of the Barbadian population has a diagnosis of hypertension/high blood pressure (HTN). Achieving adequate blood pressure control at home starts with knowing when the blood pressure levels are too high. Using practical demonstrations this course educates you on how to test the blood pressure and how to interpret the results. The course also addresses the pathophysiology of hypertension, the complications associated with hypertension and the management and treatment of the disease.  On completion, you would be able serve in a community, support role for the management of hypertension, alongside medical personnel.  This course (HOTTM) is a natural complement for Diabetes - Origin, Testing, Treatment and Management (DOTTM)

​​Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face

 

Peripheral Intravenous Access and IV Access Care

Peripheral Intravenous Access and IV Access Care

Intravenous access is an intermediate level clinical skill that can mean the difference between life and death for patients. It also bears great responsibility from care providers, as it can become a significant source of morbidity and mortality if poorly placed, secured, or maintained. This course seeks to equip health care professionals with this vital skill set and to increase confidence with the placement and management of intravenous therapy in patients 16 years of age and older.
The course is specially designed for the professional development of health care professionals working in the clinical setting such as hospitals, clinics, acute care departments/ surgical or day-case centres, home care and hospice care, where IV access may be required in an elective or emergency setting and/ or care of vascular access and infusion therapy may be required.