Podcasts are a great way to listen to and stay up to date with a series of published audio episodes. GM has its own podcast called “Primary Care Knowledge Boost” which is supported by the GP Excellence Programme. The podcasts are FREE to access and can be counted towards CPD points. They have been hugely successful and now attract over 30,000 listeners, however this number is still growing!
What are the podcasts about?
The podcasts were developed by two GP Fellows in Wigan. They were working with the CCG to help bring about improvements in their local area for patients and healthcare professionals and wanted to develop a regularly released educational podcast for primary care clinicians.
They interview specialists from a range of different areas, in a bid to enable clinicians in primary care to feel more confident on a wide range of subjects. Some of the currently available topics include heart failure, acid reflux, abnormal LFTs and contraception. Future releases include a haematology series and talking about resilience.
Listening on a podcast app
If you listen to podcasts already, you can find us on your favourite podcast app by searching “Primary Care Knowledge Boost”. If you don’t have a podcast app, they are free and can be installed on most devices.
- Go to your phone’s app store (the Google Play Store for Android users and the iTunes store for iPhone users)
- Download a podcast app. Our favourites are ‘Castbox’, ’Pocketcasts’ and ‘Spotify’, as well as Apple’s own ‘Podcasts’ app for iPhone users
- Open your app and search for ‘Primary Care Knowledge Boost’
- Click “Subscribe”.
Once you have installed an app and subscribed you should now be able to view all previous podcasts and will be notified when new ones are posted.
You can visit the “Why choose Greater Manchester for GP Training?” section and the “GP Training Schemes in Greater Manchester” section, however below are the links to the schemes for quick reference:
- BOLTON – www.boltongptraining.org.uk
- PENNINE (NORTH MANCHESTER, BURY, ROCHDALE, OLDHAM) – www.penninegpst.co.uk
- GREATER MANCHESTER DEPRIVATION PROGRAMME – Website under construction
- CENTRAL/SOUTH MANCHESTER – www.manchester-gptraining.org.uk
- SALFORD / TRAFFORD – http://salfandtraf-gptraining.org.uk
- STOCKPORT – www.stockportgptraining.org.uk
- TAMESIDE – www.gp-training.co.uk
- WIGAN – http://wigangpstp.org.uk
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Courses are available for GPs who wish to clinically supervise the wider workforce in a Primary Care learning environment. This workforce includes Pharmacists, Physician Associates, International GPs and Advanced Healthcare Practitioners in line with the NHS Long Term Plan and the new GP Contract. There is also a GMC requirement to be an approved Clinical Supervisor if a GP is taking on this role.
The process of becoming a Clinical Supervisor and working within an accredited Learning Environment is managed by the GM Training Hub. You can find full details here:
There are many benefits of being a GP Trainer. For the practice it means you have a continuous stream of new doctors (every six months) bringing new skills, ideas and positive influences. The trainees are part of your workforce so provide extra appointments and take a fair share of administrative work. They can also help with audits and significant event analysis.
For the GP trainer, becoming a trainer allows you to develop educational skills. You will also meet other trainers locally via your trainers’ group, attending trainers conferences and educators conferences allowing you to develop these skills and new ways of training. Becoming a trainer also opens new doors, for example teaching within a university, working within the deanery, becoming involved with GP recruitment, or even becoming a Training Programme Director eventually.
It also helps you keeps up-to-date clinically and provides you with opportunities to learn new skills from your registrars. There is also the reward of seeing a registrar develop over time and become a GP.
Health Education England NW GP School aims to train and support more GPs to become trainers. In order to become a trainer you need to:
- Attend the Basic Trainers Course. The course consists of three 2-day modules and each module concentrates on different areas to develop, starting with preparing the practice for training.
- Have achieved the MRCGP whether through the traditional route or through Membership by Assessment (MAP)
- Have achieved the standards required of training practices and have received a practice visit from your local associate director to assess your practice and education plans
- be approved at interview
Full details can be found here: https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/content/introduction-0
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Please visit the Education and Training section of this website.