GP CPD Resources

Clinical Topics / Prescribing

Womens Health


‘GP Dermoscopy NI’

This is an educational group to aid with CPD for those GPs who have had some dermoscopy training. It was founded and is managed by Dr Finbar McGrady. Dr McGrady can provide beginners’ education to those newcomers wishing to join.  For more information contact

New Zealand Dermatological Society

excellent dermatology resources especially photographs

Primary Care Dermatology Society

The Primary Care Dermatology Society (PCDS) is the leading society for GPs with an enthusiasm for dermatology and skin surgery with over 3000 members across the UK and Eire. We are affiliated with the British Association of Dermatologists and the RCGP. The PCDS delivers high quality conferences and provides a Primary and Intermediate Care voice in all aspects of dermatology. The PCDS website is recognised as having the most comprehensive diagnostic resource on the internet in addition to providing concise guidance on the management of skin conditions.

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Family Planning Doctors’ Association

The FPDA meets three times per year around NI. The Association is made up of FP specialty doctors, FP specialist nurses and GPs.  Membership costs £20 per year and this includes the 3 accredited (FSRHC) sessions run in the 12 months. Topics are relevant to current practice and meet the criteria for re-accreditation of FSRHC Diplomas and Letters of Competence. For more information, please contact


Primary Care Diabetes Society

The PCDS supports every primary care health professional to deliver high-quality, clinically effective care in order to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

Society members will benefit from access to:

  • High-quality education tailored to their individual needs.
  • Up-to-date, evidence-based information to enhance their care delivery.
  • Networking with other professionals at local, national and international events, as well as on the web.
  • The Diabetes & Primary Care journal, as well as a variety of tailored online resources.
  • Audit and research projects designed to improve outcomes for people living with diabetes

Drug Abuse Information

BNF – prescribing bible

Palliative Care Guidelines – useful site including a tool for what is compatible in a syringe driver.

Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin – independent evaluations of, and practice advice on, individual treatments and the overall management of disease.

COMPASS Therapeutic Notes – written following an extensive review of the literature.


Personal Reflective CPD Template

Learning Style Questionnaire
Individuals all have preferences as to how they learn.  Some may prefer to learn on their own, at their own pace, some may like to read and reflect.  Others may like to try something out first and see what happens, some may want to be taken through it a step at a time.

You can find out about your individual learning preferences by asking yourself what things you have enjoyed learning in the past and why you enjoyed the experience.

Professional Support

Please click on the name to access the website:

General Medical Council – information about registration, revalidation, cases heard, etc

British Medical Association – politics, policy, pay, library, bookshop, etc.  Limited access for non-members.  Need to be member for full access.

Royal College of General Practitioners – full info about MRCGP exam and latest policy documents … and new curriculum.  Useful GP page and EKU Essential Knowledge updates (summarises latest guidance in clinical areas about best clinical).

Medical Defence Union – advice, case studies and in practice training on topics such as risk assessment.  Need to be member.

Medical Protection Society – advice, case studies and training on topics such as risk assessment.  Need to be member.

Medical Dental Defence Union Scotland – advice, case studies and in practice training on topics such as risk assessment.  Need to be member.

National Association of Sessional GPs

Clinical Journals and Resources

British Medical Journal – need to be member.

British Journal of General Practice – back issues available.  Need to be member.

The Lancet – need to register, but free.

New England Journal of Medicine – need to register, but free

EBM and Resources
Cochrane Library – high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

Clinical Evidence – one of the world’s most authoritative medical resources for informing treatment decisions and improving patient care.  Need to be a member.

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) – evidence based clinical practice guidelines for the NHS in Scotland.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence – Evidence based guidelines including QOF indicators and Medicines and prescribing support from NICE

Well Close Square – GP practice in Berwick on Tweed.  Doctors site developed into

Department of Health – matters relating to the health of Northern Ireland.  The most recent information and guidance relating to public health issues from the CMO.

National Health Service – gateway to everything (and, if you are feeling ill, NHS Direct)




Clinical Knowledge Summaries – Practical, reliable, evidence-based clinical knowledge for the NHS about the common conditions managed in primary and patient leaflet.

BMJ Learning – need to be member.

GPnotebook is an online encyclopaedia of medicine that provides a trusted immediate reference resource for clinicians now with a tracker function to record what you have search for.

Doctors.Net.UK – entry via GMC number: access to Cochrane, Medline and others, also offers free e-mail address.  Need to be a member.

Map of Medicine – a visual representation of evidence-based, practice-informed pathways.  Accessed through patient’s page as not available in Northern Ireland.

All about audit – mainly designed for General Practitioners wishing to undertake clinical audit from Primary Care Quality Information Service (National Public Health Service for Wales) and the postgraduate GP education section of Cardiff University.

First practice management – Information for GPs as well as practice managers.

Lab tests online – designed to help you and the patient, to understand the many clinical laboratory tests that are used in diagnosis and treatment.

Univadis – offered by MSD – an aggregate of information from a number of external sites eg BMJ learning, GP notebook as well as their own medical news.

Patient Information



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