16 August 2016
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Online Foundation Course in Substance Misuse

About this course

This course offers an introduction to managing issues related to alcohol misuse, misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications as well as illicit drug use in primary care.

Substance misuse related issues are common, presenting in up to 15% of primary care consultations. This course aims to provide a practical framework for the detection and management of substance misuse problems in general practice. '


The course is primarily aimed at GPs and GP registrars. If you do not fall under this of category of applicant then you must register your interest by completing the online booking form. See the Registration section below.

What can I expect from the course?

The online learning programme consists of 11 interactive video presentations, each presentation ranging in duration from 6 to 20 minutes. The participant is required to view all 11 topics in sequence and achieve 80% in the MCQ assessment to successfully complete the course. You may repeat the assessment if you wish.

Completion time: It takes approximately three hours in total to complete all modules and the MCQ Quiz. Please note that you may log in and out of this training at your convenience and as often as you like.

Links to all guidelines and assessment tools are provided.


  • ICGP members and GP registrars – No cost
  • Non-member: €50 application fee 

CPD recognition

5 CPD credits for external CPD & 1 GMS study leave session.


  • Non-member: An application fee of €50 applies. Click here to register. If you are deemed eligible to undertake the course, we will email you with an enrolment key.


Aoife McBride, email: substancemisuse@icgp.ie