GP Review - GP Curriculum Centre

Three GPs review our online curriculum resource centre and give their views on its content and ease-of-use.

First impressions
'I loved this resource. The compilers have taken a great deal of time to isolate relevant articles from various healthcare publications and arrange them under the GP curriculum headings.

'The first page of the GP Curriculum Centre lists the curriculum statements as chapter headings; a contents list. There is a hyperlink for each statement, so for example, a click on section 10.1 takes you to articles on women's health.

'A very helpful box appears on the left side of the screen summarising the breadth of articles from 'symptoms' to 'prevention'. If you scroll down the page, you see the titles of all the articles contained within 'women's health'. Clicking on a title, such as 'Illustrated: carcinoma of the breast' brings up the full article with pictures.

'Using the hyperlinks, the site is easy and intuitive to navigate.'

  • Dr Prashini Naidoo, a GP trainer in Oxford

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'If you ever thought the curriculum statements were a dry read, then look no further than the GP Curriculum Centre, which has been approved by the RCGP. Here, each of the curriculum statements is accompanied by articles relevant to the theme.

'Taking the curriculum statement '3.7; Teaching, mentoring and clinical supervision', as an example, here is a list of just some of the articles: 'nMRCGP - Preparing Registrars for the CSA', 'How to make the most of your trainer', 'Honing your presentation skills', 'Become an out-of-hours supervisor' and 'Revalidation for GP educators'.

'The quality of articles is very high and, one is reassured, they are reviewed by GP advisers, who regularly update them.

'There is the additional option of adding articles to a storage folder, sending to a friend, viewing or adding comments, and of course printing (for die-hard paper lovers).'

  • Dr Leke Asong, a GP registrar in Nottinghamshire

'The articles seem to be targeted at the right level. For example exploring the ENT section links through to a truly massive list of areas, which could be helpful for those looking for specific topics within ENT or those who wish to improve on ENT knowledge generally.

'The unique way that the site has been laid out also allows users to make sure that all domains are covered.

'It also helpfully dates when the article was written so you can be sure that the information you are given is up to date.

'For trainees wishing to expand their ePortfolio in a meaningful way, you can pick a topic, do the relevant reading then link it back and have it count in your learning log.'

  • Dr Ankit Kant, a newly qualified GP in Norfolk

How will you use it?
'In my opinion, this site is best used to look for specific information, rather than to browse aimlessly. Otherwise, one risks getting lost in a maze of information, as all articles and information seem "click worthy".'
Dr Leke Asong

'For those wishing to prepare for a tutorial (trainee or trainer), or just read about a particular area, it does prove an excellent resource.'
Dr Ankit Kant

'As a trainer, I will use this resource regularly because the compilers update the website to contain peer-reviewed articles published in the past two years. It is good to know that I am consulting the latest guidance.

'I also like the "comment" box at the end of each article. Some articles now contain comments such as 'good guideline, practical approach'. I tend to read the articles with positive reviews first.

'The feature, "add this article to my storage folder" is useful for compiling a reading list.

'Finally, "send this article to a friend" is useful for emailing articles to my work email or directly to my trainee in preparation for a tutorial.'
Dr Prashini Naidoo

Overall verdict
'All in all, this is a useful and easy-to-navigate resource, containing up-to-date and relevant articles that GPs and GP trainees are very likely to use when compiling learning logs for appraisal or work-based assessment.'
Dr Prashini Naidoo

'I highly recommend this site, and in my opinion it should go straight into your "favourites", because you are most likely to revisit.

'Don't take my word for it though, have a browse, submit feedback and confirm.'
Dr Leke Asong

'The GP Curriculum Centre is a must for anyone who works with the curriculum; it should be a mandatory bookmark for GPs and trainees when preparing for appraisal or for ePortfolio work.'
Dr Ankit Kant

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