Online self care course for GPs launched by RCGP

The RCGP has launched an online course to educate GPs about self care advice for patients.

Professsor Sparrow: 'It is important for patients and GPs to improve shared decision making to increase patient confidence and develop more effective use of primary care.’

The college announced the course at the twelth Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB) Annual Self Care Conference, held on Tuesday in London.

The course is designed to educate health professionals about consultation skills required to encourage patients to self care, with a specific focus on minor illness.

Professor Nigel Sparrow of the RCGP, who co-chaired the course steering group, said: ‘As health professionals I believe it is our duty to provide education and support to our patients and the wider community to 'self care'.

‘The RCGP’s new online course is aimed at facilitating this. It is important for both patients and GPs to improve shared decision making to increase patient confidence and develop more effective use of primary care.’

Anthony Chuter, chairman of the RCGP’s patient participation group, said: ‘As someone who has learnt to self manage a long-term condition with the help of my GP and consultants, I know just how much difference this could also make to others managing short term periods of illness.'

He added: 'I am glad that health professionals are getting further support in encouraging patients like me to self care.’

The course was developed by the RCGP and funded by NHS North West.


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