Resources for Healthcare Professionals

The Self-management Support Co-ordinators in the HSE have produced resources to support healthcare professionals working with people living with long-term health conditions.

Directories of services and programmes for adults with asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart conditions and stroke

These directories are a resource for healthcare professionals. Healthcare professionals can signpost or refer adults with long-term health conditions to the programmes and services listed. The directories provide information on how to access these. Further directories are currently under development and once completed will be available online.

These directories were correct at the time of publication. Due to COVID-19 changes to the delivery of some services have occurred.

CHO1: Community Healthcare Area 1: Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo

Sligo Leitrim Directory of Services and Programmes for Adults with Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Heart conditions and Stroke (PDF, 2.93 MB, 39 pages)

Cavan Monaghan Directory of Services and Programmes for Adults with Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Heart Conditions and Stroke - March 2021 (PDF, 3.1 MB, 55 pages)

CHO 2: Community Healthcare West, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon

Galway Directory of Services and Programmes for Adults with Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Heart Conditions and Stroke (PDF, 1.62 MB, 83 pages)

Mayo Directory of Services and Programmes for Adults with Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Heart Conditions and Stroke (PDF, 1.34 MB, 75 pages)

CHO 3: Mid West Community Healthcare 

Clare Directory of Services and Programmes for Adults with Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Heart Conditions and Stroke (PDF, 3 MB, 127 pages)

Limerick Directory of Services and Programmes for Adults with Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Heart Conditions and Stroke (PDF, 1.86 MB, 124 pages)

North Tipperary Directory of Services and Programmes for Adults with Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Heart Conditions and Stroke (PDF, 1.83 MB, 124 pages)

CHO 4: Cork Kerry Community Healthcare

Directory of Services and Programmes for Adults with Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Heart conditions and Stroke (PDF, 1.8 MB, 130 pages)

CHO 5: South East Community Healthcare

Directory of Services and Programmes for Adults with Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Heart conditions and Stroke (PDF, 6.7 MB, 65 pages)

CHO 6: Community Healthcare East: Dublin South East, Dun Laoghaire and Wicklow Community Healthcare

Directory of Services and Programmes for Adults with Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Heart Conditions and Stroke (PDF, 1.93 MB, 108 pages)

CHO 7: Dublin South, Kildare & West Wicklow Community Healthcare

Directory of services and Programmes for Adults with Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Heart conditions and Stroke (PDF, 1.12 MB, 44 pages)

CHO 8: Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare 

Laois Offaly Directory of Services and Programmes (PDF, 1.2 MB, 56 pages)

Longford Westmeath Directory of Services and Programmes (PDF, 1.2 MB, 58 pages)

Louth Meath Directory of Services and Programmes (PDF, 1.1 MB, 56 pages)

CHO 9: Dublin North City and County Community Healthcare

Directory of services and programmes for adults with Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Heart Conditions and Stroke (PDF, 1.88 MB, 67 pages)

Resources and Education Programmes for Healthcare Professionals 

Chronic Disease Management in General Practice

'Chronic Disease Management (CDM) in General Practice' is an eLearning course for all staff involved in delivering and supporting CDM through General Practice.

The programme was developed in collaboration with the HSE’s Professional Development Coordinators (PDC’s) for Practice Nursing, and the National GP and Nurse Clinical Leads on the following National Clinical programmes (NCPs); Asthma, COPD, Diabetes and Heart.

To complete the eLearning module go to HSeLanD and search for ‘Chronic Disease Management in General Practice’. 

Asthma

HSeLandD Asthma e-learning programme

This eLearning programme provides healthcare professionals with a foundation for the diagnosis, assessment, treatment and monitoring of COPD and asthma. Participants will also learn about supporting patients in self-management through the use of asthma action plans, inhaler therapies and by adherence to medication.

This resource is aimed at healthcare professionals working with chronic respiratory disease including physiotherapists, nurses, general practice nurses and other HSCPs.

To complete the eLearning module go to HSeLanD and search for ‘Asthma’. 

COPD

HSeLandD COPD training programme

This eLearning programme provides healthcare professionals with a foundation for the diagnosis, assessment, treatment and monitoring of COPD and asthma. Participants will also learn about supporting patients in self-management through the use of COPD self-management plans, inhaler therapies and by adherence to medication.

This resource is primarily designed for all healthcare professionals working with chronic respiratory disease including physiotherapists, nurses, practice nurses and other HSCPs. 

To complete the eLearning module go to HSeLanD and search for ‘COPD’. 

Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) - National Clinical Guidance

This National Clinical Guideline applies to the management of adults with COPD and is relevant to all healthcare professionals caring for people with this condition. 

National Clinical Programme Respiratory

The National Clinical programme have developed a number of resources, which support healthcare professionals when working with people with COPD. They include resources for Pulmonary Rehabilitation, COPD Outreach and Oxygen clinics amongst others.

View these resources on the HSE website

Video-based Pulmonary Rehabilitation Education support Programme

The video-based Pulmonary Rehabilitation Education support programme consists of 14 videos that cover a range of topics including breathing exercises, oxygen therapy, nutrition and psychological supports for people to promoting self-management and coping skills for people living with a major chronic disease.

Type 2 Diabetes

The National Clinical Programme (NCP) for Diabetes have developed a number of resources to support the management of people with Type 2 Diabetes.

Find these supports on the HSE website

Diabetic Foot Screening

This eLearning module aims to provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to complete a diabetic foot screening and risk categorisation. If foot screening is not part of your role, this course will provide the factors to consider when providing healthcare to people who have diabetes in terms of foot care. This course also provides standardised, evidence-based patient information on diabetic foot disease and risk status to enable patients to take care of their feet.

To complete the eLearning module go to HSeLanD and search for ‘Diabetic Foot Screening’. 

The Nursing Management of Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

'The Nursing Management of Adults with Type 2 Diabetes' is an eLearning module for nurses, but aims to support all clinicians in the management of patients with type 2 diabetes.

To complete the eLearning module go to HSeLanD.

Diagnosis and Management of uncomplicated Type 2 Diabetes in Adults

The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) developed and published ‘Diagnosis and Management of uncomplicated Type 2 Diabetes in Adults (T2DM)’.

This guide for General Practice includes a section on diabetic foot screening and classification. This document can be accessed here.

Blood Glucose testing

The NCP for Diabetes has provided updated guidance on self-testing for people with type 2 diabetes. Research has indicated that blood glucose testing has a limited benefit for many patients who do not take insulin to manage their diabetes. 

Read about blood sugar testing

Blood Glucose Test Strips

The HSE Medicines Management Programme (MMP) has identified preferred blood glucose test strips (BGTS) with associated meters for adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Read this list of preferred blood glucose test strips and other associated resources for healthcare professionals 

Living Well Programme

Living Well is a free 6 week group self-management programme for people with long-term health conditions. It supports people to develop the skills which help them to live well with their long-term health condition.

Living Well is an example of a Stanford Model Chronic Disease Self-Management programme often referred to as CDSMP. Workshops are facilitated by 2 trained leaders, 1 or both of whom are living with a long-termhealth condition (peers). Unlike clinical education programmes, Living Well does not give clinical advice or information but instead focuses on developing and enhancing the self-management skills of those that complete the programme.

Read more about the Living Well Programme

Making Every Contact Count

The Making Every Contact Count (MECC) training programme is available to all healthcare professionals in Ireland. By Making Every Contact Count health professionals can encourage patients to make healthier lifestyle choices during routine contacts to help prevent and manage chronic diseases.

Read more about Making Every Contact Count

The eLearning training programme consists of 6 30 minute eLearning modules. 

Find out about the Making Every Contact Count training programme

Living well with a chronic condition: framework for self-management support

This framework provides an overview of the need for Self-management Support. It sets out how the HSE, working in partnership with key stakeholders, intends to implement Self-management support for four major chronic conditions; COPD, Asthma, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.

The Framework provides:

National Framework for the Integrated Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease in Ireland 2020 to 2025

The National Framework for the Integrated Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease describes a continuum of health promotion, self-management support, disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, disease management and rehabilitation services that are coordinated across different healthcare providers and healthcare settings. At the heart of this framework is the ‘Integrated Model of Care for the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease’. 

Read the National Framework for the Integrated Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease in Ireland 2020 to 2025

Health Technology Assessment of Chronic Disease Self Management Support Interventions

HIQA published a Health Technology Assessment of Chronic Disease Self-management Support Interventions in December 2015. This is available at www.hiqa.ie

HSE Self-management Support Coordinators for Long-term Health Conditions

There is a Self-management Support Co-ordinator in each of the 9 Community Healthcare organisations (CHOs) in the HSE.

The role of a Self-Management Support Co-ordinator is to support the awareness and development of services which increase the ability and confidence of people with long term health conditions to manage their health and to live well.

Contact information

CHO 1

Community Healthcare Area 1 - Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan 

Contact: Maeve McKeown 
Email: Maeve.McKeon@hse.ie

CHO 2

Community Healthcare West - Galway, Mayo and Roscommon

Contact: Ailish Houlihan
Email: Ailish.Houlihan@hse.ie

CHO 3

Mid West Community Healthcare - Limerick, Clare & North Tipperary

Contact: Ruth Reidy
Email:  Ruth.reidy@hse.ie

CHO 4

Cork Kerry Community Healthcare - Cork and Kerry

Contact: Maeve Carmody  
Email: 
Maeveh.Carmody@hse.ie

CHO 5

South East Community Healthcare - Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary

Contact: Catriona Renwick 
Email: SelfmanagementsupportsSECH@hse.ie

CHO 6

Community Healthcare East - Dublin South East, Dun Laoghaire, Wicklow

Contact: Mary Gowing
Email: Mary.Gowing@hse.ie

CHO 7

Dublin South, Kildare & West Wicklow Community Healthcare - Dublin West, Dublin South West, Dublin South Inner City, Kildare, West Wicklow

No contact information

CHO 8

Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare Organisation - Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth, Meath

Contact: Ger Walsh
Email: 
GerA.Walsh@hse.ie

CHO 9

Dublin North City and County Community Healthcare - Dublin North City and County

Contact: Caroline Peppard
Email: 
Caroline.peppard@hse.ie