Diabetic Foot

Welcome to this module on Diabetic Foot Care in General Practice. The purpose of the module is to support General Practitioners in promotion and review of foot health among diabetic patients, in line with current guidelines for best practice. Access to the module is restricted to qualified General Practitioners and the website requires registration and an enrolment key which is provided by the ICGP. If you are a member of the public seeking information on Diabetic Foot Care, please see the link below.
Foot Care Information Leaflets for Patients with Diabetes, HSE

Module Overview

External CPD Credits: 2
GMS Study Leave: 1/3 day
No. of Lessons: 3 
MCQ Assessment
Certificate of Completion


This eLearning module is divided into 3 key lessons. Each lesson comprises a video presentation conveying the core material. Most presentations are under 10 minutes long to facilitate opportunistic learning. Supplementary resources, where non-core material is presented, and relevant printable and downloadable material are also included within most lessons. 


    The 3 lessons are as follows:
    • Lesson 1: Context and Aetiology of Diabetic Foot Complications 
      This lesson highlights some epidemiological data around diabetic foot disease, outlines the role of neuropathy & ischaemia in the aetiology of foot ulcers, and introduces the National Model of Care for the Diabetic Foot.
    • Lesson 2: Assessing & Managing Risk in Diabetes Foot Care
      This lesson outlines the characteristics and the review-needs of the low, moderate, and high risk diabetic foot.
    • Lesson 3: Practical Advice on Prevention of Diabetic Foot Complications 
      This lesson, which is in the form of a Q&A, discusses some practical issues around the role of general practice in provision of diabetic foot care, and focuses particularly on diagnosis and prevention of complications.
    • Case Scenarios 
      2 consultations are presented which raise issues relevant to the review of foot health in diabetic patients.


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Clinician Resources
Model of Care for the Diabetic Foot (2011) - National Diabetes Programme Clinical Strategy & Programme Directorate, HSE [ link ]
Foot Care - Low Risk Booklet [ link ]
Foot Care - Moderate Risk Booklet [ link ]
Foot Care - High Risk Booklet [ link ]
Last modified: Thursday, 26 November 2015, 1:22 PM