CPD and Courses

There are a whole host of educational opportunities out there, but finding them can sometimes be tricky.
Here is a (not exhaustive) list of some of the education providers locally (and nationally).
By undertaking courses, small group discussion, etc, you are contributing to your Continuing Professional Development – this is vital for your annual appraisal and 5-yearly revalidation cycle.

Courses / Providers

Wessex LMC (Local Medical Committee)

The LMC supports GPs in a number of ways, education and courses being one of these. They also advertise local GP vacancies on their Jobs page.
The LMC are keen for GPs to get involved with the running of the Committee, so if you are interested, email the office.
They hold events on clinical topics such as Safeguarding and Basic Life Support, as well as non-clinical topics such as training days for locums to introduce the commonly used computer systems and provide advice on tax and insurance issues.

The Hospital Education Centres

Our local NHS Hospitals all have Education Centres, which work in conjunction with the GP Tutors to put on GP-relevant educational events. There are other pages on the Dorset GP website with contact details – BournemouthPooleDorchester.

  • Royal Bournemouth Hospital Education Centre

The Education Centre at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital runs Wednesday lunchtime meetings (1.15-2pm) for GPs during term-time, as well as some GP Specialty afternoons. In addition, there are Grand Rounds and more formal courses such as the Family Planning “Course of Five”.
Click here for details, or contact Grace Wilkinson (01202 704753)

  • Poole Hospital Education Centre

Events that are run at Poole Hospital are advertised through WGPET, or contact Deborah McFarland (01202 442368)

  • Dorset County Hospital Education Centre (Dorchester)

The Thomas Sydenham Education Centre runs regular GP Refresher Courses as well as other useful educational events for primary care. There are Grand Rounds on certain days from 1-2pm attended by GPs, Consultants, hospital trainees and other healthcare professionals get together to discuss a clinical case, share ideas and perspectives.
Visit their webpage for more infomation, or contact Judy Crabb (01202 255258)

BMI Hospitals (private healthcare provider working through the Harbour Hospital, Poole and The Winterbourne Hospital, Dorchester)

There are regular, GP-focussed meetings and events run by the BMI Healthcare group at various venues across Dorset. All education events can be found here: https://www.bmihealthcare.co.uk/events?topic={4069F431-0E9C-4039-9270-436A6B90F1D5}

BMI are able to offer smaller educational sessions in your practice with consultants from BMI The Harbour and Winterbourne Hospitals. Please contact Dawn Merrifield, Sales & Marketing  Manager, for more information or to be added to the mailing list for education events on 07748 593463 or dawn.merrifield@bmihealthcare.co.uk


Nuffield Health

Nuffield Health provide a number of courses and events for GPs.
These are held at the Nuffield Hospital in Bournemouth, although there are many other locations throughout the country (including Eastleigh in Hampshire).
Go to this page for more information. Alternatively you can email Julie Frew or GPEvents.

 Wessex Faculty RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners)

This is the local division of the RCGP, who run courses and educational events. They are interested in new GPs getting involved with the Faculty, so see their website for details of how you can be involved, or for a list of upcoming courses.

Online Learning

BMJ Learning

BMJ Learning is a website run by the BMA that has hundreds of accredited online learning modules. Some are accessible by all, but most are limited to BMA members (or you can subscribe to BMJ Learning separately).


Doctors must register to become a member of Doctors.net but once this is done, there is a free email service, jobs section and forum for discussion of everything and anything. In addition there are eCME modules for continuing your medical education. There are some GP specific modules and some more specialist topics too. An individual learning record keeps track of the modules you have completed and you can print off certificates or save them as files for your appraisal evidence.

e-LFH (e-learning for healthcare)

This site has been produced in conjunction with the NHS and Professional Bodies including the RCGP. It has won awards for its online learning modules.
There are modules for GP trainees (that link directly to their portfolio once completed) as well as for other areas such as dermatology, safeguarding, etc.
Well worth a browse.

RCGP Online Learning

The RCGP education pages contain a number of courses and updates useful for general practice. The Essential Knowledge Updates (EKUs) are released regularly too – new and changing clinical information to remain up-to-date. There are quizzes and answers to help consolidate your learning.

Small Group Learning

Courses and online learning are great tools for your lifelong learning, but variety is the spice of life! So why not consider becoming a member of a small group. These groups are usually made up of a number of GPs (who may be friends and similar in age or experience, or may be an eclectic mix). The idea is to discuss GP-relevant topics, learn from each other, share concerns and discuss difficult cases, etc as well as providing that much-needed peer support.

There are some local small groups already running, and if you are a member of one, we’d really like to hear from you (so we know what’s going on in the area). Email us at the address at the bottom of the page.

There is also another form small-group CPD called PBSGL (practice-based small group learning). It involves a group of 6-12 GPs meeting every month or every other month and discussing a topic. The topic can be clinical or non-clinical. The topics are decided by the group at a previous session, based on the modules available on the PBSGL website. The modules are documents of case-based material (from real GP cases); the group works through the cases to learn or consolidate knowledge about the topic. There is a comprehensive section summarising the current best practice and evidence base, along with patient information leaflets that can be copied and given to appropriate patients the group may subsequently see in practice.
There are currently a number of groups running in Wessex, and there has been a drive to train up more facilitators (each group needs one), so there will be more groups setting up in the future. There is a cost attached – see the website for details – but this is partially refundable by WGPET (for members) and is also tax-deductible.

Please get in touch by email (address at the bottom of the page) if you are interested in joining or setting up a group. If you would like to be trained as a facilitator then please email Jonathan Rial.