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.’
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.

 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK are playing a leading role in the largest-ever NHS vaccination...

MPs demand overhaul of 'entire approach to pension tax relief' ahead of budget

MPs demand overhaul of 'entire approach to pension tax relief' ahead of budget

MPs have called on chancellor Rishi Sunak to 'urgently reform the entire approach...

Government must halt 'stealth privatisation' of dozens of GP practices, warns Labour

Government must halt 'stealth privatisation' of dozens of GP practices, warns Labour

Labour has urged the government to halt the 'stealth privatisation' of dozens of...

RCGP demands independent review to check for BAME bias in CQC ratings

RCGP demands independent review to check for BAME bias in CQC ratings

CQC inspections on all practices rated 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate' in...

COVID-19 funding for general practice cannot stop in March, GPs warn chancellor

COVID-19 funding for general practice cannot stop in March, GPs warn chancellor

COVID-19 support funding for general practice must be increased and extended beyond...

Plan to freeze pensions lifetime allowance risks 'catastrophic impact' on medical workforce

Plan to freeze pensions lifetime allowance risks 'catastrophic impact' on medical workforce

The BMA has demanded urgent meetings with the Treasury and DHSC amid fears chancellor...