“Any learning activity where you spend time learning something
and deciding how it can be put into practice
in your current, or proposed work can be counted as CPD”
Keep up to date with key information for GPs from the RCGP during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Guidance on Good Medical Practice from the GMC makes it clear that individual doctors are responsible for managing their personal professional development and practice, including identifying and meeting their learning needs.
Learning opportunities across Thames Valley & Wessex
Day in the life of a GP is a full-day workshop organised by GMC Regional Liaison Service. Facilitators work through interactive scenarios on the challenges regularly faced by GPs to show how GMC guidance can be used practically and support good decision-making. Local liaison contacts are:
- Oxfordshire covered by Darren Mercieca firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bucks and Berks: Howard Lewis email@example.com
Oxford Primary Care Learning: Link to details of training events held in the Oxfordshire area, resources, tips, tools and more.
Clinical Simulation Scenarios – Thames Valley have published a set of telephone simulation scenarios for GP trainees starting their first GP placements.
Wessex GP Education Trust (WGPET) provides a range of educational opportunities for GPs across the HEE Wessex region. (Note, the charity will be closing on 31st March 2021.)
National learning resources
The GP Career Support Hub on the FutureNHS platform [registration required] contains resources to support GPs in England at varying stages of their career – from newly qualified GPs to those at the end of their career. It provides information, guidance and support on career development, training, mentoring, appraisals, career options/flexibility, wellbeing, pay and pensions to enable GPs to realise fulfilling, rewarding and exciting careers in general practice. It includes a page of Training & development resources.
The Royal College of GPs operates a credit-based system to support CPD and revalidation and a range of resources to help doctors meet their CPD and revalidation needs including the Essential Knowledge Update (EKU) Programme .
e-GP – a series of e-learning modules jointly developed by the RCGP and e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH).
The National Association of Sessional GPs (NASGP) supports locums and salaried GPs to improve patient care. The NASGP AppraisalAid is a suite of information, tips and 20 customisable templates to support sessional GPs with appraisal and CPD.
Doctors.net.uk Registration is fee for UK doctors and gives access to a range of CPD resources.
BMJ Masterclasses Primary Care Courses feature a programme of expert speakers who will keep you up-to-date in core clinical topics.
Pulse Learning– offers a range of modules across clinical and management topics targeted towards GPs.
eGPlearning – resources to help in clinical working, from general, clinical to pastoral.
NHS Revalidation– NHS England resources on medical revalidation
The Revalidation page on the RCGP website includes a range of resources to support doctors, appraisers and responsible officers in the appraisal and revalidation process including RCGP Mythbusters, revalidation audio guides, an Appraisal Toolkit and Resources for CPD.
The RCGP has developed a framework which describes a new Framework to the accreditation of General Practitioners with Extended Roles which is aligned to the appraisal and revalidation process.
For GPs undertaking less than 40 clinical sessions a year, appraisal includes an additional tool which contains a structured reflective template intended to facilitate reflection by the appraisee, and discussion within the appraisal, about your ability to provide safe quality care for patients, where necessary with the aid of mitigating interventions. Read the Guidance and BMA Practice blog describing the process.
The GP Appraisals and Revalidation website brings together the key policy documents and resources.
According to a survey of more than 1,000 GPs, 40% said they were experiencing a mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. The survey, carried out by Mind, found that despite the high prevalence of mental health problems among GPs, many didn’t feel able to turn to colleagues for support.
NHS GP Health Service is “a confidential NHS service for GPs and GP trainees in England” which will “help with issues relating to a mental health concern, including stress or depression, or an addiction problem, in particular where these might affect work.”
The Ten Commandments for the resilient practitioner – “an honest and heartfelt attempt to be supportive to colleagues.”
- Read about the resilience resources available to you.
Looking for funding to support your education or research? The Claire Wand Fund can provide scholarships and grants for research and the further education of doctors working in general practice. Awards can be given for research leading to a higher degree, audit, research projects initiated by GPs, course fees where appropriate and travel. Applications are considered two times a year – all information is available on the website.
Last updated: 5 March, 2021