A key part of your role as a clinician is to keep professional knowledge and skills up to date, be familiar with the latest clinical guidelines, and continually improve the quality of your work. This has never been easy in such a busy, dynamic role, but it is even more daunting at a time of ‘information overload’ and with the backdrop of a global pandemic, which has increased GP workload in a 10,000 list-size practice by an estimated 50 hours per week.1 It’s what you might call a perfect primary care storm, and it has probably left you feeling overwhelmed for some if not most of the time.
We—the editors and clinicians who make up our OnMedica Editorial Team—are the first to admit that there are a lot of things we cannot directly fix. We are however keen to share some of the ways we have changed our content since the launch of the new OnMedica website last year. Our goal is to help you obtain your GP updates more quickly, but without compromising on quality. We’ve proactively adapted content styles and formats to make the information more accessible and enjoyable.
In need of some quick GP CPD?
Each week we now publish short case-based quizzes, so when you have a couple of minutes spare you can speed through a patient case study. All of our content is free* for logged-in UK-based GPs and clinicians (*worth £180 annually). If you are interested but not yet a fully-fledged member of OnMedica, you can view this open access case study on a 39-year-old with an itchy patch on her neck.
Can you work out the diagnosis? What are the red flags? What is the best treatment for this skin condition? Are you following best practice? Complete this quiz for the answers.
We also publish more in-depth courses for GPs but these are still in a bite-size, digestible format so you can dip in and out of your topic of interest as you wish. Why not log in or register for free to try our COPD essentials course to increase your confidence in diagnosing COPD or managing regular exacerbations of COPD.
For revalidation, you are encouraged to use a variety of learning methods to support with your GP CPD and we’re really excited about our practical videos where experts talk you through the key information; for example, see Dr Stephen Dorman explaining how to implement the NICE acute coronary syndrome guidance in primary care using four case studies in this open access video. So if you prefer a more visual style of learning, these videos alongside our visual summaries are definitely for you.
GP updates on COVID-19
Not only do you have to keep track of constant developments across a myriad of clinical areas, COVID-19 has added one mighty curve ball into the mix. News and guidance seem to change daily: we wake up to breaking news, updates and analysis continue through the day, and advice changes by bedtime. It’s unrelenting.
If you want to keep on top of COVID-19 information more easily, we publish news, expert views, and summaries focusing on the key updates that may impact you and your patients in primary care. For an overview, you can visit the virtual COVID-19 Room where you’ll find some of our most-referred-to content on the OnMedica site, including the following:
- Common questions about COVID-19 vaccination answered
- Visual summary on long COVID recognition and management
- Guideline summary on long COVID—key points from NICE, SIGN and the RCGP.
We are also delighted to feature exclusive breaking news stories from the HSJ Editorial Team. The HSJ articles highlight on-the-ground issues such as, ‘Trusts told to treat more COVID patients at home’ and ‘Hospital declares it may refuse critical care as overwhelmed by COVID’. It puts across the reality of what life is really like at the moment for a healthcare professional and has been noted as a ‘must read’.
How are you really?
So how are you really feeling? Do you even have time to stop to ask yourself this question?
As our Medical Editor Dr Luke Koupparis highlighted in his blog at the end of 2020, protecting healthcare workers’ physical and mental health is essential, but it is a significant challenge for both you and your associated healthcare organisations.
Have you considered resilience training and how it can help you become a more resilient GP? In short, it can help you use coping mechanisms to absorb negative conditions, use this experience in meaningful ways, and move forward. The good news is that it is an ability and skill we can all develop!
Log in or register for OnMedica to take our resilience course for training on:
- how to map and strengthen your own resilience
- your emotional state and how this influences your resilience
- how to use self-steadying practices
- strengthening your capacity to respond to challenges.
Thank you. To all our current members, but also to non-members for your interest in our content and how we can make your life a little easier. Why not join your colleagues today as part of our OnMedica community and ensure you are also getting regular GP updates? What are you waiting for?
The OnMedica Editorial Team
1. General practice COVID-19 capacity & workload transfer analysis. Cambs LMC website. November 2020.