Cardiovascular disease and stroke management in primary care (degree level)

Key features

This 20 credit degree-level module, rooted firmly in practice, has been specifically designed to focus on the key principles and issues involved in managing and supporting patients with long-term cardiovascular conditions within the community and primary care setting.

You will also develop your knowledge and skills in the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.

The module team uses a blended learning approach utilising lectures, small group discussion, peer teaching, case studies, demonstrations, patient narrative and roleplay to deliver this module.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree



*This module was previously known as HEAC383

Course details

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • recognise major modifiable and non-modifiable cardiovascular risk factors in high risk individuals with the aim of implementing primary prevention strategies and to promote early detection of cardiovascular disease
  • identify pathological changes which develop in cardiovascular disease and discuss secondary prevention management in general practice
  • plan, propose and implement evidence based treatment options and work in partnership with patients to promote lifestyle change and self- management
  • apply knowledge and understanding of the progression of this chronic condition to individual patients as part of a holistic care package including psychological support, liaison with the wider healthcare team and progression of this chronic condition
  • identify the needs of patients with cardiovascular disease within your area of practice, and the ability to set up, deliver and manage a comprehensive service for this client group.


The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. a written assignment

2. a clinical audit.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional).

Module dates

24, 25 September and 22, 23 October 2020. 

The university is following government guidelines on COVID 19 and there is a possibility that some modules may require online delivery. We will keep you informed of any decisions regarding this.

For further information please contact the PDU Admissions team.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

Module lead - Fiona Cook

"This module has been very highly evaluated by students who have indicated that it fills in significant gaps in knowledge and enhances practice in this very important area of clinical practice. The course draws on specialist input as well as presenting the patient perspective."

Our students say...

  • A "Very relevant to practice. Information and advice for patients and myself about cardiac investigations and treatment, improving my understanding."
  • A "Really enhanced my knowledge, things to take back and discuss."
  • A "I feel I will be able to give a better quality of care to my patients."

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this module you must be:

  • a registered health professional either with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Health and Care Professions Council in possession of previous study at level 5 or a foundation degree
  • currently working in clinical practice with access to a suitably qualified mentor (for example, a GP, senior nurse colleague or another suitably qualified health professional with up to date cardiovascular training).

Fees and funding

For further information on our module fees please visit our Professional Development Module Fees page.