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GMC reveals six-point action plan to overhaul revalidation
The GMC has released an action plan of six major commitments it will achieve by March 2018 to help make medical revalidation 'more positive and meaningful' for doctors. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - July 20, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Early diagnosis of Lyme disease
Recognition of the erythema migrans rash and other symptoms can aid prompt identification of Lyme disease. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - July 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

Laparoscopy: illustrated
Injuries and conditions requiring keyhole surgery, including shoulder surgery, nasal surgery and laparoscopic hysterectomy. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - July 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Surgery Source Type: news

Ensuring patient confidentiality when dealing with the media
In the latest in our series on the GMC's new confidentiality guidance, MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Ellie Mein looks at how the guidance applies when dealing with the media. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - July 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 3.3 Ethics and Values Based Medicine Source Type: news

Case study: Asthma exacerbation with heroin use
The case of an asthma death associated with heroin use. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - June 21, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.8 Respiratory Problems Source Type: news

GP dilemma: A patient requesting antibiotics to take on holiday
A healthy patient presents requesting antibiotics to take on holiday, 'just in case'. What are my obligations? (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - June 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Medico-legal Source Type: news

Preparing for your first appraisal as a GP
Dr Prashini Naidoo provides advice for GP trainees approaching the end of their training on how to prepare for their first appraisal. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - June 15, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP training Source Type: news

Four presentations of skin conditions
The presentation, diagnosis and management of cutaneous infection with Mycobacterium chelonae, basal cell carcinoma, leiomyosarcoma and disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - June 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

Pitted keratolysis resulting from hyperhidrosis case study
Clinical diagnosis and treatment options for pitted keratolysis. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - June 7, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

Confidentiality: Disclosing patient information within the healthcare team
In the latest in our series on the GMC's new confidentiality guidance, MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Edward Farnan looks at how information can be shared for healthcare purposes. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - June 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 3.3 Ethics and Values Based Medicine Source Type: news

Treating refugees: Practical advice for GPs
Refugee patients present unique challenges for GPs. Lucy Hannington from Medical Protection looks at what GPs and practices should consider to ensure this vulnerable group can access the care they need. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - June 1, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 3.4 Promoting Equality and Valuing Diversity Source Type: news

Management of cutaneous viral warts
Clinical presentations and the latest advice on therapeutics for cutaneous viral warts. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - May 31, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

Psoriasis: What can GPs do to deliver optimal care?
A new report has highlighted a severe lack of dermatology training and support within primary care. Dr Angelika Razzaque outlines the report's findings and what they mean for GPs. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - May 30, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

Palliative care: How GPs can handle conversations about end-of-life care
Talking to patients about end-of-life care is not easy even for experienced health professionals, says Dr Pete Nightingale, but following simple guidelines can make the process easier. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - May 26, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 12 Care of People with Cancer and Palliative Care Source Type: news

Answering patients' questions on intrauterine contraception
Questions that GPs may need to answer from women considering having an IUS or IUD fitted, including the risks and benefits of intrauterine contraception, contraindications and the risk of ectopic pregnancy. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - May 24, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 10.1 Women's Health Source Type: news

Developments in melanoma treatment
A review of established and novel therapeutic approaches for malignant melanoma, including the roles of targeted therapies and immunotherapy and potential side-effects. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - May 24, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

Diagnosis of cutaneous vasculitis
Classification of cutaneous vasculitis, clinical features, suitable investigations and when to refer to secondary care. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - May 17, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

Pelvic organ prolapse: clinical review
Diagnosis and management of pelvic organ prolapse, covering risk factors, assessment and conducting a vaginal examination. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - May 17, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 10.1 Women's Health Source Type: news

Confidentiality: What can GPs tell family members?
In the second of a series on the GMC's new confidentiality guidance, MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Sissy Frank looks at some common scenarios about disclosing information to patients' relatives and carers. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - May 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 3.3 Ethics and Values Based Medicine Source Type: news

Identifying oral cancer
The main signs, symptoms and risk factors of oral cancer in primary care and when to refer. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - May 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.4 ENT and Facial Problems Source Type: news

Hayfever: clinical review
Why it is important to diagnose and effectively manage seasonal allergic rhinitis, including advice on pre-emptively managing patients, comorbidities and allergen avoidance. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - May 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.8 Respiratory Problems Source Type: news

Acute epigastric pain - case study
A presentation of acute epigastric pain in a 44-year old female patient, leading to a diagnosis of pancreatitis. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - April 24, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.2 Digestive Problems Source Type: news

Self-harm in children and young people
How to recognise the signs and symptoms of self-harm in young people and the common psychiatric disorders associated with self harm. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - April 24, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

Confidentiality: When can GPs disclose information to the police?
In the first of a series on the GMC's new confidentiality guidance, Dr Catherine Wills, MDU deputy head of advisory services, looks at some common scenarios about disclosing information to police. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - April 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 3.3 Ethics and Values Based Medicine Source Type: news

GP dilemma: Child malnutrition
How do I deal with parents who I think may not be feeding their child properly? (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - April 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

Emotional distress in children and young people
How to recognise emotional distress in children and young people and when to refer to mental health services. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - April 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

How GPs can ensure they are prescribing safely
Dr Alex Watson explains how a template developed for the RCGP's Membership by Assessment of Performance (MAP) scheme can help GPs assess their prescribing practice. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - April 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GPconnect Source Type: news

Dermatological conditions in pigmented skin
Diagnosing and managing conditions specific to pigmented skin. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - April 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

Endometrial cancer: clinical review
Risk factors for endometrial cancer, management options, conducting a physical examination, prognosis and follow-up. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - April 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 10.1 Women's Health Source Type: news

Abnormal vaginal discharge - red flag symptoms
Red flag symptoms in patients with vaginal discharge, including possible causes and how to identify these. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - March 29, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 10.1 Women's Health Source Type: news

Getting the most out of your appraisal
Advice to help GPs prepare for their annual appraisal. By Dr Marika Davies from Medical Protection. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - March 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP careers Source Type: news

Fever in children - red flag symptoms
Red flag symptoms to look out for in a child presenting with pyrexia of unknown origin. Plus advice on key questions to ask, examination and investigation, possible causes and when to refer. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - March 14, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

Fever of unknown origin in children - red flag symptoms
Red flag symptoms to look out for in a child presenting with pyrexia of unknown origin. Plus advice on key questions to ask, examination and investigation, possible causes and when to refer. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - March 14, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

A patient-centric approach to consent
MDDUS medical adviser Dr Naeem Nazem explains a legal change in focus relating to patient consent and what it means for GPs. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - March 9, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 2 The General Practice Consultation Source Type: news

End-of-life care scenario: managing hepatic failure
As GPs become more involved with palliative care, they are dealing with more complex cases. This scenario involves a 67-year old man with hepatic failure and covers 'do not attempt CPR' orders and emergency healthcare plans (EHCPs). (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - March 8, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 12 Care of People with Cancer and Palliative Care Source Type: news

Weight faltering and failure to thrive
Advice on helping parents to manage feeding difficulties, excluding medical problems and when to refer. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - February 22, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

Managing cows' milk allergy in primary care
Dr Joanne Walsh highlights the challenges of diagnosing cows' milk protein allergy in infants. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - February 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

Acute erythematous rashes in children
Infectious causes of erythematous rashes in children and important differential diagnoses. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - February 8, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

The audio clinical observation tool (COT) in GP training
Dr Prashini Naidoo explains why the audio COT forms part of a GP trainee's workplace based assessment and how it is conducted and assessed. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: WBA Source Type: news

GP training: Five things I've learnt from general practice
GP registrar Dr Patrice Baptiste reflects on what she has learned so far in her time in general practice. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 26, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP training Source Type: news

Vulval pain: clinical review
Vulval pain is a relatively common condition. Dr Abdelmageed Abdelrahman discusses causes, the distinction between provoked and unprovoked vulval pain, and the evidence base for available treatments. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 25, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 10.1 Women's Health Source Type: news

GP training: 5 common prescribing pitfalls and how to avoid them
MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Beverley Ward highlights the five most common prescribing errors in general practice. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 19, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP training Source Type: news

Fever in adults - red flag symptoms
This article provides an overview of the red flag symptoms that should prompt an urgent secondary care assessment. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 17, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Infections and infestations Source Type: news

Preparing for appraisal as a GP locum
Some aspects of appraisal can be more challenging for locum GPs. Dr Anna Cumisky provides an overview of the things you should consider when preparing for appraisal. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

How to look after your health and avoid a GMC complaint
In these high-pressure times, MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Nicola Lennard discusses how GPs can look after their health and avoid ending up the subject of a complaint at the GMC. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP careers Source Type: news

Vascular conditions: differential diagnosis
Differential diagnoses of conditions including strawberry naevus, spider naevus, cherry haemangioma and telangiectasia. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

Reflecting on significant events during GP training
Significant event analysis should form part of your learning log during GP training. Dr Prashini Naidoo explains how to record significant events and how they will be assessed by your trainer. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP training Source Type: news

Acne vulgaris: clinical review
Prompt diagnosis and initiation of treatment are an important part of successful therapy in patients who have acne, with a particular focus on psychological impact and avoidance of scarring. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

What GPs can learn from patient complaints
A recent survey by Medical Protection found that most GPs believe patient complaints can provide an opportunity to make improvements to their practice. Vanessa Perrott explains what GPs can learn from complaints. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - December 21, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Medico-legal Source Type: news

Preparing for your educational supervisor's review (ESR)
Advice to help GP registrars to prepare for their ESR, including how to collect evidence for self-rating and how to demonstrate you meet each competence area. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - December 14, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP training Source Type: news