GP CPD Resources

COVID-19 for all those working in primary care
CPD Presentations

BNF – prescribing bible

Antimicrobial resistance

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.



TARGET Antibiotics Presentation Lisburn 8 Nov 2018

How to stay up to date with prescribing in NI

UK Tetralogy information service

Medicines in pregnancy info

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

GP Teaching Afternoon September 2018 Interpreting Labs – This is a useful and practical presentation by a consultant chemical pathologist.

Other Resources
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.

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


Clinical Topics
Child Health
Online Learning for GPs on Infant Feeding The GP Infant Feeding Network (UK), also known as GPIFN, has developed a website as a clinical resource for General Practitioners (GPs) working in the UK. Their website was developed as an independent, voluntary project by UK GPs with assistance and input from colleagues working in infant feeding, maternity and early years.The website can be used as a basic reference for learning more about infant feeding issues that may present to the GP. It also signposts to further information from trusted independent sources. Below are listed online CPD modules which are useful to the GP wishing to learn more about infant feeding and postnatal care.

The Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative: e-Learning Course for GPs (RCGP Accredited) One hour module covering the basics of lactation, breastfeeding support issues and how to manage breastfeeding challenges. [Access to this module is due to expire in 2017, but current users can contact Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative via the link above if there are problems] To access click on the link below and when prompted use the following username and password:


Password: training

e-Learning for Healthcare: Healthy Child Programme A series of e-learning modules available freely to healthcare professionals with an email account. Modules 6 and 8 address infant feeding, growth and nutrition.

The Breastfeeding Network: e-Learning Package for GPs An e-learning package developed by The Breastfeeding Network to meet Baby Friendly standards. It is delivered on a CD with a course book and other useful resources to use in practice.

BMJ CPD/CME module: Managing Common Breastfeeding Problems in the Community Covers common problems including milk supply issues and causes of breastfeeding pain, authored by doctor of medicine and IBCLC Dr Lisa Amir.  Access to the article without the CPD element is here (with thanks to Dr Amir).

NHS Education Scotland: Medicines & Mothers- Challenges in Breastfeeding An e-learning resource from NHS Education for Scotland designed for healthcare professionals involved in the care of breastfeeding mothers. It includes information on medicines use in breastfeeding and provides an overview of breastfeeding for healthcare professionals.

Why Milk Matters: iLactation Webinar by Maureen Minchin A webinar of just over one hour delivered by Maureen Minchin author of ‘Milk Matters’.

e-Learning for Healthcare: Perinatal Mental Health An e-learning package accredited by the RCGP for healthcare professionals on issues relating to Perinatal Mental Health.

Babies in Mind Online Learning Free Infant Mental Health online course produced by the University of Warwick, hosted by FutureLearn.

‘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 Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health – useful for contraceptive guidance.  UK Medical Eligibility criteria for contraception.

Primary Care Gynaecology

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

ELearning –

Diabetes Update

ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Drug Abuse Information
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