How do you get your GP updates under the constant stream of changing medical knowledge?

The Editorial Team shares the different ways OnMedica can help you keep up to date quickly and easily with your GP CPD during these unprecedented times.
How do you get your GP updates under the constant stream of changing medical knowledge?

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 continuing global pandemic, which has increased GP workload in a 10,000 list-size practice by an estimated 50 hours per week.1 It is also a well-reported fact that fewer doctors are now looking after greater numbers of patients, adding to the pressure.2 It’s what you might call a perfect primary care storm, and it has probably left you feeling overwhelmed.

We – the specialist 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 OnMedica can help you stay on top of your CPD more easily, as since relaunch in 2020 we have proactively adapted content styles and formats to make the information more accessible and enjoyable.

Are you a GP in need of some quick CPD?

Each week we now publish short case-based quizzes or clinical image challenges for when you have a couple of minutes spare for some CPD. All 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 an open access case study on a 34-year-old lady with worsening acne, or this clinical image challenge on facial rashes for examples of our content.

Can you recognise the different brown, pale or white patches and macules presented in this clinical image challenge? Are you following best practice? Review the images for the answers.

Courses for GPs

We also publish more in-depth courses for GPs but these are still in a bitesize, 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 course on Glandular fever: signs, red flags and management? This was our most popular course with GPs in 2021. You will learn about typical signs and symptoms and differential diagnoses, investigations and management, complications, and when referral is indicated.

Our CPD for GPs comes in a variety of formats

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 reviewing the NICE atrial fibrillation guidelines and highlighting the key changes that affect primary care in this open access video. If you prefer a more visual style of learning, these videos alongside our visual summaries are definitely for you.

We have also started a series of Live Q&A webinars covering topics such as Palpitations in primary care – should I refer or reassure?

This interactive, live format is proving popular with our members as you can see from some recent quotes:

‘Very practical session, relevant to primary care with good case studies’

‘I liked the format … and unlike a lot of other teaching sessions, it kept my attention throughout. I thought the speaker was excellent.’

‘I found the clarity of the speakers and the opportunity to choose from multiple choice made it more enjoyable and challenging.’

Sign up to ensure you are informed about our forthcoming Live Q&A webinars.

Keeping up to date with clinical guidance

To ensure you keep on top of best practice and are informed about the latest clinical guideline updates, we publish timely key point summaries for GPs. This forms some of our most popular content with your fellow GPs. Find out more in our Editorial Team blog on NICE guidelines.

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. With new variants and evidence, news and guidance seem to change daily. 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.

How are you really feeling?

So how are you? Do you have time to stop to ask yourself this question?

As our Medical Editor Dr Luke Koupparis highlighted in this blog, 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

You can also view Dr Koupparis’ Top tips on GP resilience collated from his own GP resilience training and insights gathered from colleagues during the pandemic.

And finally…

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 keeping on top of your GP CPD?

The OnMedica Editorial Team

  1. General practice COVID-19 capacity & workload transfer analysis. Cambs LMC website. November 2020.
  2. Pressures in general practice. BMA website. December 2021.
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