Online resource for GPs supporting carers

A new educational programme to help GPs and primary care teams better support the growing number of people who care for others has been launched by the RCGP.

The RCGP Supporting Carers in General Practice educational programme consists of a comprehensive package of e-learning, printed publications and workshops, and has been developed in partnership with the Department of Health’s e-Learning for Healthcare. It is aimed primarily at GPs, GP trainees and other health workers in primary care teams. It will also be available via several different online platforms to non-medical staff working in secondary care, management staff, social care workers and other clinicians working in the community.

The e-learning sessions include information about the valuable part that carers of all ages have to play in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in society, and the ways in which GPs and their teams can organise their practices and work with carers to achieve this. The sessions also incorporate information about carers’ own health and information needs, the difficulties that they face in addressing these, and possible ways in which the primary care team might help.

An interactive action guide for practices is also being updated by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the RCGP, and will be published in late summer 2011.

Click here to find out more and access the programme.

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